Keith Hill believes Tranmere’s 3-2 victory versus Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday evening represented ‘progress’ as a group.
Paul Lewis, James Vaughan and Liam Feeney were all on target at Prenton Park as the Whites moved to within four points of the play-off places, with a game in hand.
This display marked another step in the right direction in the eyes of Hill, who lauded the bravery of his players to earn all three points against ‘an excellent side’.
He said: “We probably should have been 3-0 up at half-time. The attitude of the players to try play the way I wanted them to, it’s progress.
“We’ve not conquered anything and we’re not footballing gods because we’ve won a game, but we’ve played against an excellent side who keep the ball well, attack well and have got stability. I thought we took them on, attacked and got the result.
“I said to the lads, ‘Don’t be disappointed with the two goals we’ve conceded’, look at the chances we created by being brave defensively. I was really pleased for the players; they deserve all the credit. It’s really good to see the players perform in the way they did, I really enjoyed it.”
Tonight’s contest also marked an 800th career appearance for Peter Clarke, with Hill paying tribute to the experienced defender.
“He is an exceptional person,” expressed the Tranmere boss.
“I think we forget in this rat race of an industry that we’re in, that we are people. He is a genuine, hard-working, honest football player, who still knows how to win and still has the motivation and desire to achieve that. He trains every day to the best of his ability and it’s special that he’s still playing. I would encourage him to play for as long as he can as we sorely miss it when we can’t play.”