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Jackson delighted with first league win

3 October 2020

Mike Jackson heaped praise on his Tranmere Rovers players as he guided the Whites to a first victory of the Sky Bet League Two season. 

A James Vaughan brace saw Tranmere defeat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Prenton Park, as the Club’s number nine followed up on his double versus Liverpool U21s on Tuesday evening. 

This afternoon’s result also marked a third clean sheet in four league outings for Rovers, having already shutout Mansfield Town and Cambridge United this campaign. 

Delivering his post-match assessment on proceedings and explaining why he made a tactical switch 26 minutes into the match which saw Stefan Payne replaced, Jackson said: “We’re made up with the result. It was a good clean sheet, there were some good goals and I’m delighted with the way we played. Sometimes you don’t get a game where you dominate the ball all the time and we’ve found a different way to grind a result out of it. It’s a good, pleasing performance.

“I don’t think we started well. We were playing 4-4-2 and they had an extra man in midfield. I had to make the call early as I don’t like getting overloaded in midfield," revealed Jackson in relation to his unforced substitution. "We were giving their sitting midfielder too much time on the ball and Paul Lewis came on and did unbelievably. It was a tactical thing and nothing to do with the lad (Payne) himself.” 

Rovers captured the lead four minutes prior to half-time, with Vaughan firing the hosts ahead before slotting a second past Scunthorpe shot-stopper Rory Watson 20 minutes after the interval. 

It was a striker's performance that left the Tranmere boss enthused, though not at all surprised. 

“That’s what he thrives on, Vaughany. That’s him. The goals in midweek have done him the world of good, especially as a striker. It’s what you expect from him, I don’t expect anything less as I know what type of guy he is,” admitted Jackson. 

“We’ve been speaking to Lee (O’Connor) about his crossing and we think that’s an area he can improve in. He has put some great balls in today and Vaughany is in those sorts of areas. You’ve got to keep the ball alive and it was a similar goal to the other night against Liverpool,” the Rovers’ boss added on his side’s second goal of the day. 

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