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Keith Hill's thoughts ahead of Crawley

4 March 2021

Keith Hill believes that his Tranmere Rovers side are “very grounded” despite their three straight wins in Sky Bet League Two, ahead of Saturday's fixture against Crawley Town at Prenton Park. 

Rovers moved level on points with the top three after overcoming Newport County 1-0 in midweek, as they prepare for the visit of John Yems' Sussex outfit. 

If results go their way, TRFC could move to top spot in the fourth tier, and Hill is positive but insists that his squad are grounded.

Hill said: “You have got to be positive in all of your actions and the way that you portray yourself as a player and as a member of staff.

“Emotionally it is a very stable group of players. They don’t get too excited, there’s a lot of experience in there but they are very grounded, very humble and brilliant to work with.

“We haven’t got excited about any victory and there aren’t many celebrations but then it is back to the processes of preparing for the next game, and we are working with a squad of players who are emotionally very grounded and that’s helping us prepare for the games on an individual basis.

“We’re very mindful that we have to be respectful of what we are doing, and what our opponents are doing at this moment in time.

“Everybody has got an outside chance and we are running down the games now. The first 23 games of the season are very important for giving yourself an opportunity to create, but that doesn’t mean clubs can’t raise a challenge in the second half of the season.

“The season that we are in, with the pandemic and clubs having issues with COVID, it is relentless, and you are looking to string together positive points on the board, and we are doing that.

“It’s important that we remain focused and you can’t look too far ahead, and we’re preparing ourselves for the Crawley that we know, right here and right now.

“It’s about making sure that the players are training ground ready and they are prepared to play on a Saturday and a Tuesday because of the run of games we have, and it’s about supporting the nucleus of the squad.”

Hill also provided an update on forward James Vaughan, who missed Tuesday’s victory through injury.

He added: “James is progressing, but he is feeling more comfortable and he will be assessed on a daily basis until the weekend.”

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