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Dawes looking to keep up winning run

21 November 2020

Ian Dawes has been pleased with the progress made by the squad and he wants them to keep up their winning run when Grimsby Town visit Prenton Park on Saturday,

Dawes and Andy Parkinson have guided Tranmere to four straight wins in all competitions, including last week’s dramatic 4-3 injury-time triumph at Port Vale.

Ian Holloway’s Mariners are next up, with Rovers returning to the Wirral searching for a fifth straight win.

Dawes said: “We have had a good run of performances and a good run of results, so we can’t complain at the moment and we want to keep that going. The players are playing well, and they are a joy to watch.

“The performances are important, and the entertainment is great, but we are just concerned about winning games. The more we perform, the more we play well together as a team, so going into the game, it is just important that we win the game.

“Results and performances lift the group, and the training has a buzz, and the lads are really eager to get the game started, they are looking forward to it. We are all looking forward to it as a group of staff, players, and I’m sure the fans are as well.”

Dawes knows what sort of game that Rovers will be in for, but he is confident that his players can put in a positive performance.

Dawes added: “He (Holloway) has had a great career and he is continuing to do really well at Grimsby. They have got a typical Holloway-style of football, so we know that the game won’t be easy, but we know if we keep performing and have the application that we have done in the past few games, then we are confident that we can win the game.

“We are only looking at what we are doing and what we are capable of doing, and what we plan to do moving forward, but we are aware of the opposition and where they are in the league and we’re wary of their strengths and threats, but it is more about us.

“I think that the mentality is different from the players. We are approaching games confident that we are going to go into it and win the game and the most important game is always the next one.”

Dawes confirmed that midfielder Paul Lewis is ready to come back into the first team after his hamstring injury, while Liam Ridehalgh’s groin concern is not as bad as first feared.

He concluded: “Paul is back in training, so he will be available for selection for Saturday, so the injury update at the moment is, there’s only Rides who is carrying his little groin injury,

"It wasn’t as bad as we thought, which is great news, and we’re hoping to have him back training early next week.

“But other than that, everyone is back and we’re looking forward to Saturday.”

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