GOALKEEPER Danny Coyne has urged his team-mates to banish the memory of Tuesday’s defeat at lowly Cheltenham with victory over play-off rivals Oldham today.
The disappointing 1-0 reverse at the hands of the bottom club saw Rovers drop out of the top six and continued their miserable away record.
Tranmere have won just four of their 18 league matches on the road and have taken just one point from their last four trips.
However, the 35-year-old insists there is no time for inquests as they prepare to face the Latics.
“You are going to get your highs and lows in this division and we had a week like that,” Coyne said. “We had two good results at home against Leicester and Huddersfield, and then a bad one away.
“It’s difficult to put your finger on why things haven’t gone for us away but we don’t want to talk about that any more.
“We are just going to be positive in the away games we have left and get what we can from them.
“We’re still in a good position and there are a lot of points still to play for. We need to get three points at Oldham to get back into the play-offs.”
Just one point separates the two clubs and today’s contest is given extra spice by the fact that it is Joe Royle’s first game in charge of Oldham since he returned to the hot seat last weekend. The ex-Everton boss replaced John Sheridan who was sacked after their 6-2 defeat at MK Dons.
Added to the mix is the fact that Rovers boss Ronnie Moore is always guaranteed a hot reception at Boundary Park following his brief spell in charge at Oldham which ended in May 2006.
“It’s going to be a really tough game for us,” Coyne said. “They are a good side and everyone will want to impress the new manager now Joe Royle is back there.
“Joe has proven himself as a really good boss in the past and knows the game inside out. I’m sure his players will up their game.
“Our whole season doesn’t rest on Saturday but it’s important. We don’t want to be dropping points against teams around us.”
Meanwhile, Moore insists Rovers don’t need to change the way they play in order to improve their away form.
The manager has tried various formations this season but in 18 away games Rovers have scored just 16 goals.
“Any sort of away form this season and we would definitely be in the play-offs,” Moore said.
“But we’ve been indifferent away from home - not in performance levels but in results.
“We’ve played 4-5-1, 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, whichever system we play we still create opportunities.
“It’s not like we have been defensive minded but they haven’t gone in for us. That’s got to be put right before the end of the season.
“It’s about taking your opportunities when they come along and there’s no better place to start doing that than at Oldham.
“We can’t afford to lose but that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back and let them come at us. The best form of defence is attack and we will go there and be positive.”
Defender Ian Goodison is still hampered by an ankle injury but is set to play through the pain barrier.
“Goodison’s the only person at this club who would play with the injury he’s got,” Moore added. “He’s got it strapped up and got on with it. He gives his all and he doesn’t want to miss games.
“He knows Saturday is a big game and know what needs to be done. It’s going to take a really bad injury for him not to play.”