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Spearing: Rovers moving in the right direction

26 September 2020

Jay Spearing believes Tranmere’s point at Cambridge United marked another step in the right direction as a team. 

Rovers enjoyed 58% of possession at the Abbey Stadium and Mike Jackson’s men came closest to finding a winning goal, with James Vaughan’s late strike disallowed for offside. 

Tranmere set the tone early on in proceedings and limited the league leaders to few opportunities throughout the 90 minutes, something Spearing admits was all part of the Whites' pressing plan.

He said: “From the get-go, the way that we played and pressed was like a brand-new team, but we needed that reaction from last week. We’ve now got to crack on, we’ve got another big week ahead of us and we have to get going.  

“We had a gameplan and I think we stuck to it. Over the last two games, if we’re honest, we’ve shown a little bit too much respect to other people at the start of games and have let them get on top of us. But we came here, knowing that it was going to be a difficult game and that we needed to be straight on it.” 

Encouraged by the team's performance, the Rovers midfielder insists it’s now a case of becoming more clinical in attacking situations to reach the next level as a group. 

“We need to get the ball in the back of the net. It’s clear to see that we’re creating chances, but a few things didn’t fall for us. As long as we keep penning teams in and create chances, the goals will come. Vaughany knows he’s had opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net, but he will score goals for us this season.  

“Over the two away games we've had, I don’t think Scotty has had a lot to do. We’ve shown that we’re solid enough and capable of going away and winning games. We now need to turn our full focus to Saturday against Scunthorpe and try to make Prenton Park a fortress,” concluded Spearing. 

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