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Jackson: We are getting stronger in numbers

22 October 2020

Manager Mike Jackson spoke in his pre-match press conference about how the squad is getting closer to returning to full numbers and the focus is an immediate positive response this weekend against Southend United.

Jackson heads into Saturday's encounters with more players available for selection after the Club have had several of its first team squad absent due to Covid-19 and injuries.

The manager explained: "We want to get back straight at it. We have had two disappointing results but we know what we need to do. We have responded well in training and positive meetings with the players.

"We have welcomed back some players into the squad, and we are only two or three light now and that is the first time we have been in that position. That has given everyone a huge boost and now the job is to get the players who have been out up to speed.

"We have been so light in numbers, in recent weeks we have only had ten players and one goalkeeper so we have been protecting that group so they do not get injured for the game. We have had a number of injuries and players missing through Covid-19, so it has affected training.

"We have not been able to do 11 vs 11 on the training pitch, and we have not been able to even train with the U18s as we can't mix groups but it is what it is.

"The biggest thing is we now have the group coming back together. We are missing Manny Monthe at the moment, as he is having an injection in his knee so he will be out for five days, Stefan Payne is out for three months because he has had a groin operation and Morgan Ferrier is still coming back from his hamstring injury.

"Apart from that, we have got everyone back in the building which is brilliant because we have not had that continuity and consistency of training and getting the same team to play together."

The hectic schedule for Rovers continues with four league games coming up within a ten day period, starting on Saturday against the Shrimpers. 

However, Jackson is more than confident Tranmere can begin to replicate the performances they showed earlier this season against league leaders Cambridge United and in the convincing home win against Scunthorpe United.

He concluded: "This is a new team, a new group of players, and there was signs before what has happened, that we were starting to gel with our performances against Cambridge and Scunthorpe. 

"This group is ready to go, we are calm with what we are doing and the focus is where it needs to be."


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