Tranmere Skipper Kane Hemmings was in the hot seat this week as he previewed our upcoming game against Carlisle United at Prenton Park.
Looking back on the past run of results, Hemmings is satisfied with Rovers’ unbeaten set of recent fixtures and has put that partly down to good characters within the squad.
“I think barring the first half against Harrogate, we’ve been really good recently. We gave Rochdale a poor goal but, with all due respect, I don’t think they offered much more than that in the game. We’re disappointed we haven’t taken more points from the last two games.
“We’re seven unbeaten and picked up 17 points out of a possible 21 so there’s worse runs to be on. From the way we started the season to where we are now, it’s probably testament to ourselves but we’re not getting carried away at all.
“There’s good characters in the squad with a lot of fight and a lot of belief. We took a lot of confidence from winning five games in a row and it was always important how we were going to react to conceding a goal and we reacted well in the last two games.”
Hemmings was given the responsibility of captaining Rovers at the start of the season and admits that although he doesn’t think too deeply into the role, he is aiming to do the role ‘justice’.
“I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying the responsibility and I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given. I don’t look too much into it really but hopefully I can do the role justice and keep enjoying it.
“It’s important that we have leaders all over the pitch and people taking responsibility in their areas of the pitch as well as trying to improve each other. Just because I’ve got the armband, it doesn’t mean I’m the only leader on the pitch.”
This week’s game against Carlisle is the second of three consecutive home league fixtures for Rovers and Hemmings has his eyes set on making the most of those games.
“We’re playing at home, for us, after our home record last season, it’s something we want to mimic again and if we can do that then it makes your end goal easier to achieve. If we can have a better record than we did away last year then you’re in a good position so we need to be as good at home this year as we were last year.”