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Dawes looks ahead to Crawley

14 April 2023

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Dawes looks ahead to Crawley

14 April 2023

Ian Dawes believes his Tranmere Rovers side can end the season positively, starting with Saturday’s visit to Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two. 

Buoyed by their Easter Monday 1-0 home win against Swindon Town at Prenton Park, Rovers are on their travels down in Sussex this weekend. 

Scott Lindsey’s Red Devils await Tranmere, and caretaker manager Dawes hopes his men can climb up the table in the remaining games of the campaign.

Dawes said: “I thought on Monday, to a man, everyone ran hard and competed for the Club and the fans as well and got a good result.

“We praised the players on how outstanding they were, and it was outstanding because of how we managed the game off the ball. We had a game-plan, we wanted to press them and once we went 1-0 up, we had to look at it tactically in a different way, and how we needed to change it to get it control. 

“Three points is always important, we knew we’d get chances on the break, and we did, so credit to the mentality of the players, and on the tactical side out of possession was very good.

“We won’t allow it, to think that our season is over, and the players won’t allow it. The players’ running stats through the game on Monday were through the roof, so we’ve been working hard for the staff at the Club, the chairman and the players themselves, because they’ve got a personal pride and a responsibility to do well for each other. 

“First and foremost, you’ve got to win games of football at Tranmere, it doesn’t matter what stage of the season it is at, and the players are no different and we want to win for the fans.

“We’re going to Crawley on Saturday, we’ll take a good following as we always do and we’ll want to go and make sure that we win the game for them, however we play, we have an ideal way of playing and that’s to dominate the ball, but ultimately win games of football.

“However the fans are getting back home, they’ll want to be talking about getting three points and winning the game, everyone wants to win games of football, and our plan on Saturday is to go and dominate the game. 

“We’re going to Crawley on Saturday and they are going to be fighting for their lives, and we’ve made the players aware of that, and their home form, they haven’t lost in five so we’re prepared for them to put up a fight.

“It’s all about us and any game that we go into, we know about their injuries and how they might play, but we’ve got to focus on ourselves and try to make sure we win a game of football.”

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