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Keith Hill's thoughts ahead of Leyton Orient

25 February 2021


Keith Hill's thoughts ahead of Leyton Orient

25 February 2021

Tranmere Rovers manager Keith Hill says that his side have to be “mindful” ahead of their trip to Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

Rovers visit Brisbane Road where Ross Embleton’s O’s await, with Hill’s men aiming for a second straight win on their travels after Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory at Carlisle United.

Should they overcome Orient, TRFC could move up inside the top three if results go their way.

And Hill says that Rovers must be mindful of their approach to the game in East London.

Hill said: “We have to be mindful that there is a different approach to every game, whether we are attacking or defending, but there are a lot of games to be played and a lot of football still to be competed for.

“Belief in each other and mental strength, and the ability to turn a draw or a losing situation into a win, and it won’t always be reflected in the result, we have got a team of winners and we reflect that in the way that we play, the demands in and out of possession and those demands are being met by the players and we’re very appreciative when it reflects the performances.

“It is important that we pick up as many points as we can, we are going into a stage of the season where we have everything to play for, and it can inspire and we don’t want any negative pressure being put on this group of players or the Football Club, we’ll only accept positivity from the players and the staff.

“The squad have really responded well to any adversity and that’s what we’ll expect in our 17 remaining league games and our appearance at Wembley.

“If you look at the league and the ways it has been condensed from top to eighth, to 10th to 12th, I think everyone can go on a run of games and we know it’s highly competitive as a league, and that will be represented in our game against Leyton Orient at the weekend.

“There is a real competitive edge now from the players to tie their place down, and there’s a great response, so we are seeing that.

“We’re very mindful and we do know that every single one of those players will have a big part to play from now until the end of the season.”

Hill provided an update on the injury news heading into the clash down in the capital city.

He added: “We are concerned with Sid Nelson, we’ve got Kyle Hayde who has been out with a groin strain and Otis Khan is still out for the weekend.”

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