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Clarke looking forward to Hartlepool clash

3 September 2021

Peter Clarke believes that Rovers deadline day signings will hit the ground running on the Wirral and spoke about the importance of welcoming them into the squad ahead of Saturday's showdown with high-flying Hartlepool at Prenton Park.

"I think everyone looks at the end of a transfer window with interest. On the final day we got some business done, some bodies in and hopefully, they can come in and help us and hit the ground running."

Clarke also revealed that Rovers can learn from the frustrating defeat at Scunthorpe a week ago and gave his views on the misfortune of the penalty decision, which was a catalyst in Tranmere's downfall last time out.

"We all left the game at Scunthorpe last week disappointed, frustrated, because there was lots of good things, but just the final bit was missing. The utter farce of the penalty decision gave Scunthorpe a real lift, the timing of their goal meant they could play in a slightly different way. If the game stays at 0-0 then the game probably rolls on in a different manner, they've got to be more attack-minded, instead of which they get the goal and they're able to just sit back and camp in.

"We would've liked to have broken them down and caused their keeper more work, the penalty decision doesn't help things and changes the game as a whole. We came away frustrated, but there were good things, there were things that need working on, but we can learn from that performance and take that through into the rest of the season."

Clarke also believes that the new additions will be a lift to both the team and the supporters collectively and says it should benefit Rovers at the weekend, with the supporters having their first opportunity to welcome the new recruits.

"We've talked about footballers looking at the deadline day, but I think the fans as well really look at it. We're well aware of our fans and how good they are and how much they care, so I'm sure they will have been looking, taking plenty of note of the incoming signings that we had on the deadline and I'm sure they'll give them a fantastic welcome and I think in a way, it will give the fans a lift as well as giving the players a lift.

"Collectively, we hope that will benefit everyone and we'll have a packed stadium and everyone will be going away on Saturday evening happy with what they've seen on the pitch."

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