ENOCH SHOWUNMI believes Tranmere must attempt to put all of the baggage from a run of poor results to the back of their minds when they travel to Chesterfield on Saturday.
Rovers will be attempting to post a first win since the turn of the year and improve on a record of one win in the last 19 games when they take on League One’s bottom club at the B2net Stadium.
Showunmi could be challenging for a place in the starting line-up after stepping up his comeback from a leg injury with a substitute appearance in the 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic last Saturday.
Showunmi said: “I’m interested in the psychological aspects of football and the run of results like the one we are having does hang over your head. It is part and parcel of going into a game.
“If you concede a goal you start thinking: here we go again. So we need to try and put that to the back of our minds, have the belief in what we’re doing and in our ability to do it.”
Tranmere’s 13-goal leading scorer of last season has spent much of the current campaign on the sidelines, battling injuries related to the leg fracture he suffered in April 2011.
He said: “We have been on a bad run and we need to stick together. It’s been frustrating. Over the last couple of months I have watched the boys play and they have been brilliant in certain games. Unfortunately, the rub of the green or refereeing decisions have gone against us and we did not get the results to match the performances.
“Hopefully in the next few games, the rub of the green is going to turn for us. We have to take the positives from the games in which we have played well over the last few weeks.”
Showunmi played 60 minutes of reserve team outing against Prescot Cables on Tuesday to top up his match fitness and should be challenging young loanee Ryan Brunt for the right to lead the attack Chesterfield.
“It has been good to get the minutes under my belt,” Showunmi said. “I’m hoping to help the boys get a couple of wins, whether it be as a substitute or starting in the next few games.
“Andy Robinson and myself are coming back after our injuries. We are two of the senior players. We can help, even if it is just talking to the boys, encouraging them to be confident and have faith in their ability. Everyone knows the boys have ability. It’s about picking up wins because this is a results business.”
Showunmi played his first senior football since December at Oldham to the background of continuous protests against manager Les Parry from an element of Tranmere’s travelling support.
The 29-year-old is hoping the fans will put more focus on backing the team at Chesterfield.
Showunmi said: “We need the fans more than ever at the moment. Yes, we have been on a bad run and they are voicing their opinions that they can voice their opinions and help the team as well.
“I hope they can get behind the lads, get behind the people here at the moment because at the end of the day, this is what we have got.
“The lads have a lot of team spirit. The gaffer is the one who is giving all of these boys their chance, so they are right behind him.
“If we all stick together, fans, manager, staff, players and everyone connected with the club, then we could push out of the position we are in.”