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Jackson praises defensive resilience as Rovers earn opening-day point

12 September 2020

Tranmere Rovers manager Mike Jackson praised his side’s defensive display having earned a hard-fought point away to Mansfield Town. 

The Whites’ Sky Bet League Two opener resulted in a share of the spoils as both sides cancelled each other out at The One Call Stadium. 

Rovers have now kept two clean sheets in their previous two outings, with Port Vale also unable to find a breakthrough. 

Jackson delivered a positive assessment of Tranmere’s display, though conceded there remains room for improvement. 

He said: “When you go away from home, the least you want to take is a point. We’re happy in the sense that we have picked up a point and got a clean sheet, but I still think there are things we need to keep improving on. It’s a good point, but we want to be better than that as a team.  

“It took 20 or 25 minutes to actually settle down and I think sometimes you get that with the first day of the season. We didn’t seem to settle; we seemed a little bit scared but settled down in the last 15 minutes of the half and made some good passes. 

“At the start of the second-half, we didn’t start it very well. I thought there were too many crosses coming in and Vaughany was a little bit detached from us. We had to change it to try and become more solid, with the way the game was going. We tried to get the ball more to Vaughany with Kieron, and Otis starting getting some joy down this left side for us.  

“It seems to be the little things at the moment that’s happening: it’s that final pass, final ball. But we need to get better, improve and the group knows that. It’s not a blaming thing, it’s about everyone getting better and improving.” 


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