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Hill praises courage and endeavour in Bolton win

23 January 2021

Keith Hill was pleased with Tranmere Rovers’ ‘courageous’ approach as they defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. 

Strikes from Danny Lloyd and James Vaughan lifted the Whites to tenth position in Sky Bet League Two as Rovers registered a second successive league victory at Prenton Park. 

The visitors pulled one goal back in the second-half through Antoni Sarcevic, but Hill’s side held firm for all three points. 

Providing his thoughts on an important win, the Tranmere boss said: “It was a battle. We had to dig deep because we had to play Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and Bolton didn’t have a midweek game. We had to dig really deep but, emotionally, I thought we were courageous and deserved the victory.  

“We want to be cleaner in possession, because we’re a possession-based side. When you haven’t got that, you’ve got to really show your spirit and determination.  

“I thought Liam Feeney was superb, Nya Kirby was excellent when he came on and the other substitutes made good impacts against a good side. There’s teams who probably underestimate Bolton because of where they are in the league, but the way they play and the style they’ve got can draw you in.” 

Rovers have now reached the halfway stage of the league season, with plenty still to play for in the remaining 23 league fixtures.

Pleased with the progress the team have made while recognising the need for continued improvement, Hill said: “It was brilliant to be able to celebrate this victory, but it’s only a small celebration because we’re at the halfway stage of the season. 

"The second half of the season has got to be better, but I'm pleased with the players buying in. Since the previous manager departed, we’ve played 13 games and got 26 points- two points per game.” 


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