Micky Mellon has stressed that Tranmere Rovers will continue to show the ‘right mentality’ in each of their upcoming fixtures as the team look to extend their unbeaten league run.
The Whites last tasted defeat in Sky Bet League Two on November 13 and have risen up to second in the division as a result of recent positive results.
Confidence is currently on the up, though Rovers’ next opponents have also found form themselves in recent weeks.
Crawley Town have lost just two of their previous nine fixtures in all competitions, and Mellon is all too aware that John Yems’ side cannot be underestimated.
“It’s such a difficult place to go,” said the Tranmere boss of the upcoming trip to the People’s Pension Stadium.
“They have got a lot of talented players as a group and, as individuals, they have people who can cause you damage. We respect that and we will take nothing for granted.
“We are not overconfident because we understand that you have to work very hard to try and get results, and that is a basic of any performance.
“You’ve got to turn up with the right mentality and the right attitude,” continued Mellon.
“We have got people who can score goals and people who can make it difficult for the opposition to score goals against us. That is the recipe every manager is trying to get. We are working hard at finding the consistency, and will try to improve on that each day.
“We’re satisfied but greedy. We want more and want to keep improving. We have meetings all the time about how we can do things better, rather than patting ourselves on the back about things we’re doing well.
“A winning player is a happy player. When they are happy and are moving forward, they keep striving for more. It would be easier to find improvement if you’re getting good results because of the happy nature of the players, as opposed to when you're being defeated and things aren’t going well.”
Providing a fitness update on the first-team squad ahead of the weekend, Mellon confirmed that Paul Glatzel remains sidelined after failing to return a negative Covid-19 result while Nicky Maynard is unlikely to feature again this season due to injury.
“We’ve got one or two doubts for the weekend and will know more about that tomorrow,” he said.
The 49-year-old added: “He [Glatzel] has still got Covid, so we will see how that goes. He needs to get a negative result, I believe. He has shown a faint line so has not trained today.
“Maynard will be out for much of the season. For the foreseeable future, he will not be available. It is an ankle injury and is serious enough to have him out for pretty much the rest of the season.”