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Jackson looking for winning mentality

9 October 2020

Mike Jackson insists Tranmere will adopt a winning mentality in every fixture this season as Rovers prepare to face Salford City on Saturday afternoon. 

The Whites enter this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two contest on the back of an encouraging 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United, a match which marked Jackson’s first league win in charge. 

Assured by the resilience shown by his side against the Iron, the Tranmere boss hopes this is a quality that can now be carried forward into future matches. 

“It’s a good victory for the group. If you look at the game, it was a little bit different from the week before at Cambridge as we had to show different qualities,” said Jackson. “When we got the second goal, we kicked on. The players showed that when you’re coming out after half-time and are one-nil up, the other team always has a rally for that first 15 minutes in the second-half. It was good for the group that we came through that and started to play a bit more.” 

Attention now turns to Saturday’s showdown with Salford, who have enjoyed a strong start to the season. 

Manager Graham Alexander and his assistant Chris Lucketti are two individuals Jackson knows well from his playing days, though he has made clear that friendships will be put to one side at the Peninsula Stadium. 

“It’s well-documented, the players they have brought in. I know the manager and assistant having played hundreds of games with them. They’re really good guys and I’ve had some really special times with the two of them. On the day, we’ll both be looking to go and win the game,” said the Rovers’ boss. 

He added: “We’ve got to remember that we’re Tranmere as well. We’re Tranmere Rovers Football Club and we have a place in this league as well. Whenever we go anywhere, we’re going to try and win the game. We back ourselves if we get things right with the talent we’ve got, keep that mentality, team spirit and get players back from injury, that we can achieve something this year. We always have to remember who we are, and not just the opposition.” 

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