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Josh McPake: It’s down to us to rediscover winning streak

11 March 2022

Josh McPake has stressed that Tranmere Rovers have full belief of a return to winning ways, starting on Friday evening against Mansfield Town.

Micky Mellon’s men are preparing to host the high-flying Stags in Sky Bet League Two, who are currently on an unbeaten run spanning 14 matches in the division.

The Whites suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon, though are eager to bounce back as Nigel Clough’s side make the trip to Prenton Park.

Expressing the desire of the team to bounce back and collect three points on home soil, McPake told the local media: “We’re all determined, every single one of us. We have got a lot of experienced heads in the dressing room and they’re not shy of motivating the squad. 

“We went on a good run before this dip in form and I’m more than sure we can get back to that. There are more than enough games left, starting on Friday night. We will be bang at it, I can assure you of that.

“We know where we’re at and what we need to do. We have set a good standard in training and it is just about taking that into the games. We all know that. The older boys have had chats, the captain has had chats. It is down to us.

“It’s a Friday night game, so I’m hoping the fan base will be pretty strong and will get behind us. The fans can only spur us on and help us.”

McPake was deployed in a more central position for Rovers at the weekend and was on target during Saturday’s loss at Sixfields Stadium.

This finish saw the Scottish winger open his goalscoring account during his loan spell at Tranmere, which the 20-year-old believes is helping to bring the best out of him as a player.

“At times like this, with a dip in form and the team not doing as well, it is all part of the learning curve of going out on loan,” he admitted.

“I have come through at Rangers, so that is the standard I have been set from a young age. Even when you’re not playing 90 minutes every game, you keep the standards and be patient.”


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