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Davies: "We must perform as well as we can"

2 December 2022

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Davies: "We must perform as well as we can"

2 December 2022

Tom Davies took time out this week to speak to the local press ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sixfields Stadium to face Northampton Town.

The defender gave us an insight into his injury, the team’s strong defensive record, recent away form and this weekend’s trip to the Northampton.

“Injuries are obviously a part of football and are tough, but I’m working my way back to full fitness. You miss going out and training with the lads each day, however now hopefully that is behind me and I can kick on.

“You must still try to be a part of the group when you’re injured – you miss the highs when the lads are doing well on the pitch and also still feel the lows, so it can be a hard place. Some lads have a longer-term injury than I did, and they still need to feel embedded into the group – it’s never nice having an injury.

“The lads have done well, there’s obviously competition for places and when coming back from an injury, you sometimes need that bit of luck to get back into the team and I think that’s what I have at the minute  – so it’s now up to me to show the manager what I’ve got.”

When asked about pressure on keeping his place in the side after an injury, Davies replied, “I think being at Tranmere always brings pressure – last season when myself and [Peter] Clarke felt that pressure, which you’ve got to keep on top of, embrace it, and use that as a positive to help you perform.

“The defence have done really well; we’ve always had a good defence here and something to build on and it’s now about putting it altogether and getting results. We obviously haven’t won now for a few games and it’s down to us to change that on Saturday.”

Rovers have the second best defensive record in the division and Davies says that this is something that comes from all over the pitch.

 “The manager has always said, since I’ve come in, that it’s a team job and as the forwards and midfielders help out in defence, we’ve got to help out going the other way and get a few goals. It’s a structure that we work on, and hopefully we can keep it moving forward and pick up results.”

When speaking about centre-back partner, Jordan Turnbull, who was included in the Sky Bet League Two Team of the Season last campaign, Davies said, “He’s a very good player. I played against him last year and I was impressed by him. He’s one of them where you know he’ll come and slot in, and he has fit into the squad really well.”

With suspensions in the centre back positions within the squad, Tom will look to take his chance to cement his place in the starting line up.

 “It’s easier when you’ve trained with the lads 4-5 times per week. You get to know their playing style, their strengths, their weaknesses. Whoever goes in on Saturday has to perform – there’s no second thought about it. The main goal of Saturday is obviously coming home with three points. We must perform as well as we can.

“We’ve had a meeting this week about goals we want to achieve and how we’re going to attain that. Over the Christmas period, games are thick and fast – but every game as Tranmere we want to go out and get three points.”

When asked about Rovers’ ambitions for a place in the play-offs at the end of the season, Davies said, “That’s definitely the aim. I don’t think we can sit back and look at it like we’ve missed a chance – there’s so many games to go, and I know with the players we’ve got, we can always pick up points – and we’ve got to focus on the next game – that’s Saturday – we go there full of confidence and look to get three points.”

Micky Mellon said in his pre-match interview about taking chances, with Rovers only scoring 2 goals in the last 5 league games. Despite a disappointing stint in front of goal for the whites, Tom is convinced that goals will start to come.

“That’s one of the basics of football – taking your chances when they arrive, and at the minute we don’t seem to be doing that. I’m sure it will come – we just need to keep doing our jobs and the simple things of football.

“We’ve had a really good week of training this week – the level has gone up massively, and the goals are flying in. This breeds confidence, and hopefully we can go out and take these chances and pick up all three points.”

Rovers’ recent away form includes 3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 away fixtures. 

“Something we lacked last season is results away from home, and I think that’s improved. We go into the next couple looking to pick up maximum points. The last game was a bit of a disappointment, as we’ve played the majority of the game with 10 men and gone out in the second half looking like the better team, so I think we will always perform well at home. I’m confident we can always do well at home, but it’s about putting them together and kicking on until the end of the season and seeing where we end up.”

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