Mark Ellis

Tranmere now need to build on Shrewsbury win


Tranmere Rovers take on Fleetwood Town at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon, buoyed by three points picked up on Tuesday night at Shrewsbury Town.

A last-gasp Corey Blackett-Taylor winner gave Rovers a 3-2 win at the New Meadow after a topsy-turvy game and now Micky Mellon’s side need to build on that result if they are to pull off the Great Escape.

The difference between ourselves and the team directly above us, AFC Wimbledon, closed to five points after Tuesday’s result, with Tranmere having a game in hand and still with a trip to Kingsmeadow to come in a few weeks time.

The task ahead would have looked a whole lot tougher without that 95th minute strike by Blackett-Taylor, and hopefully now, Rovers can use the belief and positive momentum gained from that as they attempt to claw their way out of the League One drop zone.

Rovers have to use it as a building block. After weeks of not picking up points and falling further behind teams above us, Tuesday’s win stops that run of poor results.

But it cannot be just a one-off result. We need to turn the momentum around and put a little run of positive results together if we are to stand any chance of getting out of the relegation mire.

It can happen and has happened many times in the past. Perhaps not with Tranmere, but other clubs have pulled themselves out of seemingly impossible situations, so we have got to keep believing.

Looking at the fixtures ahead of us in the next month or so, there looks to be possibilities to pick up more points, so it’s vital the team takes belief and confidence from Tuesday night into these big, big games.

This Saturday, Rovers take on play-off chasing Fleetwood Town. Joey Barton’s side are enjoying a good season, sitting in seventh and within striking distance of a top six finish come May.

A difficult game, undoubtedly, as they all will be, but one Tranmere go into with a bit of confidence off the back of a win.

On top of that, a fitter and fuller squad is at Micky Mellon’s disposal.

Mark Ellis was a surprise inclusion on Tuesday, but he performed admirably and got through 90 minutes with no ill effects which is a huge plus. His quality and experience and leadership at the back can only help us so that is a big plus.

Ollie Banks is edging closer to full fitness after a couple of unused substitute appearances in recent games, and if we can get him firing on all cylinders again, that is another weapon in the armoury of this Rovers team.

So, after a few weeks of doom and gloom, there is a more positive feeling amongst the Super White Army which can certainly help the lads on the pitch.

Where there is faith, there is light and strength.

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