TRANMERE plan to recall Ian Goodson to the heart of the defence against Southend United at Prenton Park today if the Jamaican international passes a fitness test on a hamstring strain.
Manager Ronnie Moore said: “Hopefully Ian will get through the test and if so he comes straight back in.”
Rovers conceded only one goal in the four games Goodison has missed with the injury so far but Moore admits that using Antony Kay to fill the defensive breach has weakened the effectiveness of the midfeild unit.
“We’ve missed Antony Kay’s knowhow and power in the midfield,” Moore said. He warns Rovers will have to step up a gear as they go into action less than 48 hours after scrambling to an unconvincing 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley in an FA Cup first round replay.
He wants a brighter, more positive performance. “Southend are a good, strong side,” Moore said. “We have to be more adventurous, more attack-minded, and take our chances.”
Southend manager Steve Tilson said: “Tranmere is always a tough place to go and they have been doing well again this season. They are a good side again this season but we’re feeling good and want to get a good result there for a change.”