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Nevitt: We want that winning feeling

8 April 2022

Elliott Nevitt expressed his confidence that Tranmere can get back to winning ways in the crucial match at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Elliott knows how important the remaining six games are for the club, and he believes playing at Prenton Park will help this weekend.

“The fans help us so much, we seem to play so much better at home. To be at home against a good team like Bristol Rovers is massive, so we are confident. I think we are due a win, we haven’t had one in the last few games, so all the lads are ready. We know how important it is in these last six games to get as many wins as possible and climb up the table to be in a good position.”

Despite conceding late on in the last two games, Elliott and the rest of the squad are ready to bounce back.

“Even with nine men we stuck together and fought until the very end. We nearly got the win so there are a few positives to take. Obviously we are gutted, but we just have to keep going. We need to stick together and go on a good run. We have done it before earlier in the season so I don’t see why we can’t do it again. If we can stay around the promotion places and get a couple of wins in the next few games, that would be massive.”

The 25-year-old forward is looking to use the late disappointments as motivation for the remainder of the season.

“You know how much they hurt and you don’t want to feel that way again. You want the winning feeling. It’s the best feeling that you can feel so we want that as much as possible in the next six games.”

Elliott then talked about his thought process for his goal in the last match against Carlisle United.

“It was a long run so I had time to think about it, but the ball kept bobbling all the way to the goalkeeper. I just tried to get a good connection and hit it on target, and it went past him. You have to be aware where the defender is behind you, but I don’t mind doing that. I prefer running in behind because I’ve done that for most of my career. I find it easier personally.”

Despite scoring a very respectable seven goals so far this season, Elliott is challenging himself to push on and hit the back of the net a bit with more frequency.

“I would like to be on double figures personally, but for my first season it’s good. Coming in, I wasn’t expecting to play in loads of games but I’ve improved massively. If I can get a good run until the end of the season, then it’s all about big numbers for next season.

“I need to work on the technical stuff and being more clever. I can learn from some of the older professionals. I have been doing that over the past couple of months and I think it has made me a better player, so I’ll keep doing that. When I go into pre-season with a year under my belt, that will be a massive change.”

Elliott believes working with Nicky Maynard has helped massively with his development, as well as watching other strikers while growing up.

“I speak to Nicky all the time. He has had a really good career, so I like to listen to him. He probably has the best movement I’ve seen in the box, he’s brilliant. When I’m training with him and doing drills, I watch him and he will come and tell me what I’ve done wrong, which improves me.

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