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Ian Dawes speaks ahead of Rochdale

10 September 2021

Ian Dawes said that the players have remained confident throughout the season so far, and last week’s late winner has helped maintain that level.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Rochdale, the Assistant Manager spoke about the feeling that comes with winning games.

He said: “It’s always good to win football matches. I don’t think it’s been a lack of confidence with the players, I think the players have remained confident throughout. 

“You can’t beat that winning feeling. What a time to win a game, in the 88th minute.”

Dawes also spoke about the adaptability of the players, with Micky Mellon going with two up top last weekend against Hartlepool.

“I think the players we’ve got are quite adaptable. I think if we’re playing one up top, or two up top, we’d adapt pretty quick. 

“You want to work on it throughout the week, especially when you’re playing with two up front. You want them to get that understanding with each other, and start to get the relationship forming. 

“When you’ve seen two strikers play together over the years, they’ve always got that relationship together, and I think that’s important to work on that in training throughout the week.”

So far this season, Tranmere currently sit in 11th place in Sky Bet League Two, but are only a few points off the promotion places, and Dawes thinks it will be a tight season throughout.

“If you look at the results already this season, it’s been quite inconsistent already. There’s a lot of teams with a lot of new players, and they’re all trying to find the right balance and the right system for them.

“And we’re slowly getting towards that now. If you look at the last couple of games, the players seem to have gelled together better, and hopefully we can continue that moving forward.”


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