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Dawes previews this weekend's game at Port Vale

13 November 2020

Ian Dawes says that Tranmere will go and take the game to Port Vale when they make the trip to Staffordshire this weekend. 

Rovers have won their last three matches in all competitions as they aim to continue their current form at Vale Park this weekend against John Askey’s Valiants.

Dawes said: “We’re approaching it the same way as we have approached the last three games really. We have got to be aware of what they are good at, but we have to make sure that our system and style of play is better, and we will take the game to him.

“We’re in good spirits at the moment, so we’ll go to Port Vale with our confidence up, and we want to make sure that it will continue.

“We have got the players who are giving everything, not just the starting eleven but the whole squad is hungry at the moment, everyone is working hard for each other and the performances and results have been great.

“The application on the pitch has been great, and we have looked together as a team.

Dawes went onto praise the impact of Danny Lloyd, who made his debut in the Papa John's Trophy penalty shoot-out home victory over Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.

He continued: “I’ve known about Danny for a while now when he got his move from Stockport to Peterborough, and I’ve been keeping an eye on him, the whole Club has been aware of him and he became available.

“He’s been in for a couple of weeks now training and he doesn’t look like he’s lost any sharpness, he’s ready to go in the squad and he looks like the type of character that would fit into the group well, with the quality that he’s got, he’s fit in perfectly.”

Dawes gave an update on Liam Ridehalgh after the left-back was forced off through injury in midweek.

He added: “Liam is going to be assessed. We actually don’t know the extent of it yet, but we are hoping that it isn’t as bad as it first looked, but we’ll know more tomorrow and depending on how the assessment goes, we might have to go for a scan.

“As he got up after a tackle, he felt his groin so straight away, we wanted to get him off the pitch so it wouldn’t get any worse, so tomorrow we should know more about it.”

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