Ethan Bristow took time out this week to speak to the local press ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blundell Park to face Grimsby Town.
The defender spoke to us about training at the Campus, the recent form and how the squad go into Saturday’s game at Grimsby Town with a positive mindset, aiming to return to the Wirral with all three points.
“In the squad, we have full belief that we can do great things, as a team and as individuals, but we’ve been working hard on finishing our chances which we’re creating. As soon as we master that, hopefully we’ll be unstoppable.”
Rovers would have liked to have converted more goal scoring opportunities in recent games – something which several members of the squad and boss, Micky Mellon, have spoken about – noting it as something to improve on.
“There’s a good connection in the camp, so even if we have to change personnel, which has definitely occurred in the defence over the last few weeks. Everyone gets along and knows their role. Different styles are the main difference between changing personnel in the defence – the basics remain the same.
“We do a lot of unit training with the eleven likely to start in the upcoming fixture. All the unit work ensures we’re all on the same page on the day of the game – if we’re all on the same page and know our roles, results will look after themselves.
“We have fallen off it a little bit over the past couple of weeks. That happens in football – you have ups, you have downs. You have to keep looking at the positives and look at the run that we’re on now – a solid performance last weekend, and you look at the positives. Now we just need to get the outcomes we need – a win!”
Micky Mellon’s side have drawn four of the last eight games – with four draws, one win and three losses. The squad expressed their frustrations after Saturday’s draw at Northampton Town, with Rovers creating the better chances and looking like the more threatening side despite it being a respectable point.
“Draws are not what we’re looking for as a team or as a club. I think getting over the finish line at games are what we need to get all three points."
A third away game on the run awaits this weekend for Tranmere Rovers – with a win potentially pushing the whites just 3 points from the play-offs, should other results go our way.
“I’ve heard stories from lads who have been at the club over the years where we’re not too good away from home with results. This season, we’re confident going into any game, home or away, but it’s all about getting the result."
When reflecting on personal performance, Bristow explained how he can be quite hard on himself and is always working to produce better performances to aid the team.
“In recent games, I look back – I’m quite harsh on myself – and I take some positives but think some aspects of my personal game need to improve. For me, I try to focus on myself, as well as the team at times, and I need to keep myself on track. I know what I’m good at – but I know and like people to tell me on what I need to improve on.”