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Dawes looks ahead to final away game of the season

27 April 2023

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Dawes looks ahead to final away game of the season

27 April 2023

Caretaker manager Ian Dawes believes his Tranmere Rovers side are well prepared for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture away at AFC Wimbledon. 

Rovers’ final away game of the campaign sees them head down to London to contest a clash with Johnnie Jackson’s Dons at The Cherry Red Records Stadium. 

Dawes sat down with the local press to preview Tranmere’s trip south.

Dawes said: “I don’t think anything changes in our preparation for it, I think you can see from Saturday, everyone, players and staff, wants to get maximum points from every game and finish the season as best we can, and that won’t change. 

“I think that momentum is important, I think that you find when teams are winning games at the end of the season, you can take that through into the start of next season, the majority of the players in the group are signed-up for next season so we’ve got to finish as strong as possible, we’ve got six points to play for and we want to take all six.

“We’ve got to make sure that we start to get consistency moving forward and I think you find the teams who are successful in this league can string wins together, so we need to make sure that we start building that on Saturday and if we can get back-to-back wins then it’s a start. 

“Our process never changes, and we always look at ourselves first and how we can threaten and hurt the opposition, but we’ll also look at the opposition’s threats and how we can contain them, regardless of what stage the season is at, and we’ll get the players are planned and prepared, so they’ll get the same detail for every game.

“We get a lot of information through to them during the week, but we’re able to talk about what we want to do going down on the bus or at the hotel, so we maximise our time, so the players can take the information on board. 

“Every player that we’ve got, the experience is priceless. Ethan Bristow, it’s his first season in first-team football, Rhys Hughes has come back from his loan spell and done really well, so I find with the younger players, you can see them grow, and that includes Lee O’Connor and Josh Hawkes, so they can get better, especially with their attitude and mentality. 

“We are working with the group day-to-day to try to make them better as players and as individuals, and prepare them for the next game, so our focus is getting three points at the end of it and you can see the players and staff are trying their utmost to do that for the club and the fans.

“The one big thing for us on Saturday is the fans haven’t had enough long journey’s where they can celebrate on the way back, it’s the last one of the season so we have to make sure that they can go and enjoy it.” 

To watch Ian’s pre-match press conference on YouTube, subscribe HERE.


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