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Dawes: The players are eager to learn

20 April 2023

Interviews

Dawes: The players are eager to learn

20 April 2023

Tranmere Rovers caretaker manager Ian Dawes knows his side must make sure that their approach is right as they look for a positive result at home to Grimsby Town at Prenton Park on Saturday.

Paul Hurst’s Mariners are the penultimate visitors to Prenton Park this term, currently sitting alongside Rovers in mid-table. 

And following two consecutive away trips, Rovers are back in front of the SWA at Prenton Park, aiming to finish the season on a high, ahead of their final three games. 

Speaking to the local media, Dawes previewed the game against the men from Blundell Park.

Dawes said: “I think in League Two, I’ve mentioned it before that our Achilles heel this season has been our inconsistency, game to game. I think if you look across the form in League Two it’s very inconsistent and any team on any given day can beat anybody.

“At any stage, late in the league season, I don’t think you can judge a team and we always watch games leading into games, but what we’ve got to do is make sure our approach is right and that we can go out there and win the game for each other and the fans.

“The players are all eager to learn and all eager to listen. They all want to improve, we’ve gone through a bit of a blip and it’s how we respond, but we also did a lot of good things at Rochdale, how we created chances and got in the final third.

“The players, to a man, are all giving 100% and the running data in the games have been unbelievable, so they are going out there and running for the club and for the fans.

“You can see what they are trying to do, so every credit to the players. They could feel sorry for themselves about the injuries and sulk about it, but they are not, they are coming in every day, trying to improve, and trying to get better for Tranmere Rovers.

“It’s a massive chance for some of the lads to show what they can do. On Tuesday night, we had Jay Turner-Cooke who is on loan from Newcastle and only made about his third league appearance, you’ve got Rhys Hughes, who signed for us at the start of the season, he went on loan to Chester then came back, so with all the injuries comes opportunities, so they have the opportunity to keep their places and pick up maximum points for the club.

 “We have got to manage situations and games. It’s no secret what we’ve done recruitment wise as a club, we’ve recruited younger players this season who have got really good futures ahead of them, and it’s our job as staff to help them learn from situations.”

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


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