The FA Trophy has been a competition that the fans of Tranmere Rovers have wanted the team to concentrate on, with that all important dream of watching on at Wembley whilst watching their beloved Super White Army playing on the hallowed turf.
A year ago late November it was the same dream, but it did not come out the way most fans had expected it to. Tranmere were drawn at home to Wrexham in the FA Trophy. The manager at the time – Gary Brabin- put out a relatively strong side, but there was just that feeling that the players were not going all out to win it, with the concentration being on the league.
This time around it is the same draw but the other way around. Rovers head to Wrexham to take on one of their local rivals. The form under the new manager Micky Mellon has been nothing short of consistent with the unbeaten run stretching to twelve games since he took charge. So the fans will be expecting a positive result when they head to the Racecourse ground on Saturday.
Prediction: I believe with the form in the league, Micky will want the team to go out and show the fans what they are capable of in the cup with the previous cup result being an unfortunate away defeat to Barrow in the FA Cup.
Player interview: James Norwood
The unbeaten run stretching to a potential 11 games on Saturday, Norwood tells ATJ Media why he thinks that is the case.
” We have a system that works for us, but then again we won five on the spin at the start of the season so we have always had the players to do it.”
“It is more that we have a system that suits us a lot better.”
Norwood, is clear that the team are concentrating on the league but if a cup run comes with that then there is no complaints on his behalf.
“It makes it a massive game and it is horrible losing a game against your big rivals.”
” We need to maintain what we started and focus on the league. We would much rather have a game than wait 14 days for one, so it is just important that we keep winning games.”
The England C international, said that he would rather return to the football league than go to Wembley, but he does suggest that it doesn’t stop Rovers getting to Wembley any other season, perhaps even after promotion.
” Our main focus is on the league at the minute. If we don’t get to Wembley this year and we go up automatically, ten thousand people would snap your hand off”
“It would be nice to get a good cup run going but we need to concentrate on the league.”
Norwood said that the club have had the players with the quality of taking late chances and scoring at the death of games, but it is the new system that has instilled it.
“We have always had it, it is more suited to the system that we are playing the way that the strikers like to get chances.”
” It is mostly up to the system change that is creating chances for the suitable strikers that we have got.”