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Dawes looks ahead to Harrogate test

31 March 2023


Dawes looks ahead to Harrogate test

31 March 2023

Caretaker Manager Ian Dawes attended his weekly press conference on Thursday ahead of the visit of Harrogate Town to Prenton Park.

He discussed a new way of playing, the opposition and motivation until the end of the season

“I’ve said previously that it was tough when we found out the news about the Gaffer losing his job but we’ve quickly had to get into the routine again of preparing for games and getting results and performances for this football club. 

“I thought the performance at Colchester was very good and there was lots to be positive about and we’ve tried to build on that this week in training. 

“There’s a lot of details that we have to get right in terms of the way we want to play and building through the thirds of the pitch which I thought we did really well at Colchester. It’s a system I like to play as it gets you lots of passing options and you can dominate the ball. So far, the players have picked it up really well.

“In a normal situation you’d have six weeks of pre season to work on it but we’re trying to get the information on board in pretty much six days and making sure we get across what we feel is important.”

Ian provided an injury update ahead of the weekend and gave a general view of the current injury situation.

“We’re glad to have Kane Hemmings back who should be in the squad this weekend which will be a big plus. Unfortunately Joe Murphy has had bad news about an injury he picked up on Saturday so he won’t be available for the next few games. 

“It’s no secret that we’ve been hit hard with injuries including a lot of key players but we’ve not moaned or made a massive deal over it because it gives those players coming in the opportunity to come in."

Rovers have been famous for playing on Friday nights throughout the years and Ian Dawes and his side will be looking to bounce off that special Prenton Park atmosphere.

“Friday night always has that extra edge and, historically, it’s been a big part of the Club. It has that extra feel about it. The home crowd is always great but Friday nights at different.

“The players are ready and it’s a big game for us against Harrogate who will test how we play because they will get after us. We’ll have to be at our best to go and beat them."

Currently sitting in 14th, the play-off places may seem like a step too far this season but regardless of that, Dawes in insistent that the motivation remains within the group.

“The way I see it, you’re wearing a Tranmere kit and your motivation needs to be to win for the Club. They’re the demands that the fans have, the staff have, the owners have and the Club have. We’re disappointed in the league position we’re in as a group but every game means everything to us and the fans will be expecting that from us so we need to give them a performance to be happy about.”

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