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MacDonald: We knew what was at stake today

30 January 2021

Calum MacDonald praised Tranmere’s persistence as they earned a 1-0 win away to Morecambe on Saturday afternoon.

Keith Hill’s side have now won four consecutive Sky Bet League Two fixtures and are unbeaten in six games in all competitions.
Recognising the importance of this result, MacDonald said: “We’re very happy. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we knew what was at stake today, with where they were in the league. We battled well first-half and dictated the game after the sending off.”

Tranmere have contested against ten men in each of their previous three league outings, a situation MacDonald felt the Whites responded well to on this occasion as the team dug deep to find a winning goal.

“I don’t think we played very well against ten men the last two games, we didn’t keep the ball very well and we sat in when holding a lead,” said the Blackpool loanee.

“When you’re going to win the game against ten men, it’s different. We were surprised with how they sat in second-half and it gave us the chance to get hold of the ball and dictate the play.

“We just said we had to keep knocking on the door, keep putting crosses in and getting wide- that’s normally the way we get in when playing against ten men. We kept going and didn’t look too threatened at the other end. It was a solid second-half performance.”

MacDonald now hopes Rovers can maintain their winning run, as the 23-year-old looked ahead to Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy quarter-final versus Peterborough United.

“On Tuesday, we’ve got the Papa John’s Trophy and we’ve got to keep this run going . We don’t want to lose momentum going into the league next Saturday.

“That’s where we want to be [League One], so why not go toe-to-toe with teams like that?”

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