OWAIN FON WILLIAMS believes it is vital for Tranmere to remain in touch with the teams in the League One play-off positions in the run-up to Christmas, Šif they want to keep their promotion ambitions on the right track.
Rovers have lost some momentum in the league over the last month, as well as going out of two cup competitions.
They are without a win in three league outings since a 2-0 success at Hartlepool towards the end of October. Last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to third placed Sheffield Wednesday wasn’t as costly as it could have been, with other teams around them losing. They remain just two points outside the top six in eighth place, with a posse of clubs close on their heels.
Fon Williams is confident ŠTranmere are playing well enough to turn the results around but the Welsh goalkeeper is mindful of the dangers of slipping further down the table ahead of the busy festive programme.
He said: “I think it is important we stay in touch with the leading pack between now and Christmas. We are not far off the play-offs at the moment and we’ve been around them for most of the season. We don’t want to be dropping into the bottom half of the table.
“If we want to have a shot at getting promotion, we need to stay very much in touch with what is going on above us.”
Fon Williams believes Tranmere have reason to be pleased with their progress in the league programme so far, collecting 26 points from 18 games. It is more than tidy effort considering Rovers operate with one of the lowest player budgets in the division.
Fon Williams said: “We have a good league record at the moment and hopefully that will continue. We will have a lot of games over a short period of time over Christmas and the vital thing is to have points on the board when we get into that sequence.”
Tranmere travel to Exeter City this weekend when they will be without midfielder Robbie Weir through suspension and are likely to be missing striker Enoch Showunmi, who has an ankle injury.
But the casualty list is comparatively light and Fon Williams reckons manager Les Parry’s biggest Šselection dilemma is choosing between options for most positions on the field.
“When everyone is fit we have a strong squad,” Fon Williams said.
“It is good we have two players for just about every position in the team. Everyone has a chance. You have to make sure your name is on the team sheet at the end of the week.”
Showunmi could face another enforced layoff. He pulled out of the Sheffield Wednesday game after aggravating an ankle problem in training.
Parry said: “Enoch was due to start last Saturday but he pulled up in training the day before. The ankle has been causing problems for some time and he was just getting on with it.
“It’s a little bit of a concern with Enoch because this season he’s had a few knocks. He’s had some difficulties coming back from a broken leg he suffered towards the end of last season.
“I think his problems are indicative of not getting a good pre-season under his belt during the summer.”