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Dawes: We can’t wait to be reunited with the SWA

19 May 2021

Ian Dawes said the squad are relishing being back together with the SWA on Thursday and know they can be the 12th man for the first leg Play-Off tie against Morecambe. 

More than 3,000 TRFC supporters are set to cheer on Rovers, marking the first time fans have been in attendance since late 2020. 

And Dawes, who will be assisted by Andy Parkinson in the dugout, can’t wait for the tie to begin. 

Dawes said: “There will be ups and downs in these types of games, and the fans will be united and get behind the players and staff from minute one, and we can’t wait for it and we’re looking forward to the occasion.

“They (the SWA) should enjoy it. They’ve been away for so long and being back in the stadium watching their team, they should go and relish it and we’ll do what we can on the pitch to try and win the tie. 

“We’ve got 180 minutes of football at least and it could go into extra-time, and we know that we are not going to dominate every minute, there’s going to be times where we will have to defend and be resilient in those games. I expect us to attack and have the ball, and they are the moments that you need experience on the pitch, and you need the experience in the stadium, and we are really looking forward to it.

“It’s not new for the players, and what is great about us, we have got a group and they have experienced the play-offs before, so they know what to expect, and the club have been there many times, and the fans know what to expect in the Play-Offs.

“The experience is there as a group and it is a big positive for us over the next two games. 

“Everyone is united in one goal and that is to get us back in League One, where we should be, so we have got two games, plus the Final if we get there, to right that wrong.”

Dawes is confident that the Rovers squad can show what they are about when Morecambe make the journey from the Lancashire coast to the Wirral.

He added: “The players are fighting for the club and each other every day, and they will be doing that out on the pitch on Thursday and Sunday and we believe that if we go and play to anywhere near our maximum, we’ll get through the tie and get to Wembley, but we have to make sure we focus on the job at hand, we have two big games coming up.

“I believe that the players know what will be required going into the game on Thursday and we can go and attack the game.

“Morecambe have a way of playing and they like to counter attack. They have got players who can hurt you, we are well aware of that, and Thursday and Sunday are all about us and what we do, and we have to take it to them and attempt to win the tie.

“Tranmere have historically done it the hard way round through the Play-Offs, it’s the best way to go and get promoted, we have got to make sure that we win the Play-Offs and everyone is driven to the same goal.”

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