Just under 250 supporters made the journey up to Gateshead on Tuesday night, in which an important performance which resulted in a 1-0 victory for Rovers which kept them within touching distance of the top of the league table. A well taken finish from Ben Tollitt was the difference between the two sides with James Wallace making a return late on in the second half.
This Saturday, Tranmere welcome York City to Prenton Park as the unbeaten run is going to be challenged to double figures as nine is hopefully going to increase to ten unbeaten games since the appointment of Micky Mellon as Tranmere manager.
Lee Vaughan and Liam Ridehalgh are both expected to be available for selection after they missed the trip to Gateshead to an illness and hamstring injury respectively.
Steven Jennings and Connor Jennings are both back in full training but reports suggest that this game is one too soon for the two midfielders.
Gary Mills signed Forest Green Rovers duo in the week. Defender Aarran Racine and striker Rhys Murphy joined the club and are available for selection, as is the third new addition Jon Parkin who has signed from Newport County.
Prediction: I am predicting a Tranmere Rovers win for this one, York sit 23rd in the league table and the last time they won a game was on Saturday 3 September, and are yet to pick up a win on the road this season. However things could be different in this one, with the players that York have brought in, mid week. Including Jon Parkin!
Danny Holmes returns to Prenton Park, where he has stood on the Cowsheds as a boy, supporting his boyhood team. This time he returns as part of the opposition.
Player Interview: Ritchie Sutton
Sutton believes that if the team just keeps playing like they have then the league will take care of itself.
” We just need to keep playing to the levels that we know we can and not look at what others are doing around us, that will take care of itself.”
Sutton on facing different types of players and opposition.
” We believe that we have the best group of players in this league and we are not going to be dictated to by the way anyone else plays, and stick to our principle. We are good enough to beat anyone in this league. No matter who they play, we will stick to our game plan and that will get the result.”
The central defender knows that it is very important to go out onto the pitch and give the supporters a performance as well as a result.
” Its massively important, the fans have been there at away games and more so at home so it’s important to put on a good performance for them.
“After the new gaffer has come in every game we have looked like creating and scoring goals, and I think the fans have been happy with that so long may that continue.”
Sutton tells the fans what has kept the performances and results together over the last ten games in the league.
” Having a plan and having an idea of how we are going to play is key, sticking to the plan for large parts of the game and we have been tearing teams apart. We should have been three or four goals up against teams like Torquay, but it never really happened.”
“But then in certain parts of the game, we have come out of the plan and been punished with sloppy goals, so it’s all about sticking to the plan.”