Scott Davies was pleased to register another clean sheet as Tranmere completed a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.
Saturday’s victory marked a sixth shutout in ten matches for the Rovers captain, having already thwarted Mansfield Town, Cambridge United, Scunthorpe United, Southend United and Harrogate Town this campaign.
Though delighted to add to his personal tally, Davies reinforced that keeping opposition at bay remains a collective effort.
“I pride myself on keeping clean sheets, but it’s not only me: it’s myself, Pete, Manny and the team in front of that,” said the 33-year-old. “I’m delighted and always want more. Last year, as a group, we didn’t keep enough so this year we’ve tried to make sure we keep more because that gives you a chance of winning games. If we can do that at the back, look what we’ve got at the top of the pitch. We’ve got players who can win us games.”
Tranmere are now up to 13th place in the table courtesy of a third straight league win, with goals from James Vaughan (2), Peter Clarke, Otis Khan and Paul Lewis settling the contest at Prenton Park involving Ian Holloway's side.
Of the view that recent performances have been no coincidence, however, Davies added: “We’ve been putting in a lot of work on the training field and when you do that, you get your rewards. I can’t fault anyone today, the effort that was put in was superb. Over the last week, I’ve had a lot of text messages saying that the group is starting to realise what it means to play for Tranmere and I think you’re starting to see that now. These supporters expect a certain standard of effort and then the rest follows- today we got the rewards for the effort.
“Nothing is won early doors; you just have to make sure you’re in and around it. Post-Christmas, you really put your foot down. We’ve got players with experience who have been there and done it."