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Keith Hill previews final day

6 May 2021

Keith Hill has previewed Saturday’s final game of the Sky Bet League Two season, as his Tranmere Rovers side host Colchester United at Prenton Park. 

Rovers need a point to confirm a Play-Off place with a top seven finish as they return to their home ground against the U’s. 

And Hill sat down with the local media to preview TRFC’s last league fixture of their 2020/21 campaign. 

Hill said: “I’m very optimistic going into the weekend’s fixture and again with respect to the players, we’ve got some big characters and these situations call for big characters, the mental strength and dealing with the 90 minutes and we’re looking forward to the challenges and we’ll need that bravery out on the pitch, and I’m sure we’ll get it.

“We’ll be aware of what’s going on and what we need to do, and it’s important that we’re still in the game and in with a shout. There have been massive successes, but this is a game for the hard seasoned, been there, seen it, done it, attitude. This is how we get a result, and we’re looking forward to the challenges.

“We will have to make decisions based on the scoreline and scorelines elsewhere on Saturday.

“Myself and the staff need to lead the team and lead the players who we feel best resemble our opportunities on Saturday, into kick-off and then we have to adjust, maintain and develop over the course of 90 minutes.

“The rewards will be worthy and worth it. There will be starters and finishers, a plan to start the game and a plan to finish the game which will evolve, but we are well prepared.

“We find ourselves in a one-game play-off situation and that we are potentially getting into the play-offs, we’ve done a lot of hard work and put in a lot of miles, there’s been a lot of success and it’s important that we continue with that positivity and we strive to make sure that we are successful.

“A campaign is over 46 games and we’ve been very good over 45 games so far, we’ve got one mini-season left, hopefully going into another mini-season. 

“We’ll have a winning mentality, an attacking set-up, and we’ll leave nothing to chance but with respect to the 90 minutes, there will be a lot of plans and it’s important that we come out on top.” 

The manager also confirmed that Paul Lewis is set for a spell out after being taken off injured away at Forest Green Rovers last weekend.

Hill added: “Paul is struggling. He could have something very similar to James Vaughan so we’re not too sure whether he’s going to be fit for Saturday and if there’s an extension to our season, so it’s touch and go and as a manager, when a player is injured it’s over to the medical team.

“It’s his knee, he took a heavy challenge, and he was landed on, so I think he’s ended up doing some damage to his knee.”

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