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Hill wanting more attacking threat from Rovers

19 January 2021

Keith Hill wants his side to be more of an attacking threat going into the upcoming games, starting off with Tuesday night’s clash with Forest Green Rovers at Prenton Park.

Tranmere come into this game off the back of a stalemate against Stevenage on Saturday and even though he is pleased with the defensive stability, Hill wants an improvement in the final third of the pitch.

“One thing that we’re doing well this season, apart from the one anomaly which was Exeter, is defending very well. 10 clean sheets out of 21 is a great foundation to work on.

“As a team, we’ve all got to build on those clean sheets by being an attacking threat. We can’t just have James Vaughan in the team and expect him to carry the workload of scoring goals. Every player bar the goalkeeper has to contribute to that, both creating and scoring. 

“I want us to use our imagination a bit more in the final third and have that composure which is needed. There is always space to be used and to run into on the pitch to create more goalscoring opportunities, whether it’s one pass or 20 passes. 

Forest Green approach this game in 4th position in Sky Bet League Two and are an opposition that Rovers are no strangers to facing over recent years.

Despite the 11 places separating the two sides, there is still only nine points between them with Tranmere having a game in hand. Keith Hill insists that stability will be a key factor to closing that gap and moving up the table.

“I think we need to look at it with common sense. When you look at most of the teams who do well in this division, there is stability and continuity and that’s no different at Forest Green.

“Mark Cooper has been there for four or five years and they’ve been knocking on the door for promotion as they are doing now. They have an identity in the way that they play and it is no suprise to me, because of the continuity that they’ve had, that they’re at the top end of the division.”

The Gaffer also reports that he will be heading into this fixture with a similar group of players that featured on the match day squad on Saturday.

“We’re running with a similar sort of squad, nobody new will be returning back to training before this game so we’ll be going with a similar squad.”

You can watch Tuesday’s game against Forest Green (7pm kick off) live on iFollow by clicking here.


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