MANAGER Ronnie Moore summed up the spirit and commitment within the Tranmere dressing room when he declared: “I feel I can go to war with these boys at the moment.”
A 1-1 draw with promotion chasers Sheffield United at Bramall Lane extended Rovers’ unbeaten run under Moore’s stewardship to four matches.
Having collected eight points from those games, Moore reckons another eight points from nine remaining fixtures should be enough to secure League One football at Prenton Park for another season “and I don’t care how or where we get them.”
Moore added: “We came to a big club where everyone expected us to be beaten and I thought we thoroughly deserved the point.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the goal we conceded because it was sloppy. I asked the lads at half-time if they really wanted to win the game because it was like we were waiting for something to happen in the first half.
“In the end we could have nicked a win. You only had to look at the substitutes Sheffield brought an, Richard Cresswell and James Beattie, to see the quality they have. But what we lack in ability we more than made up for in desire, the willingness to run, chase and harry.”
Lucas Akins’ 54th minute header wiped out the 31st minute opening strike for the home side’s Ched Evans, which meant Tranmere have come from behind to secure results in three of Moore’s four games in charge.
He said: “It is particularly pleasing when you do it away from home. You do fear when you go behind at Bramall Lane. Last time I was here we were beaten by five goals, so I tried to keep it quiet.”
Tranmere face another big test tomorrow when they travel to relegation threatened Rochdale.
Moore reported that Andy Robinson, who sat through the Sheffield United game on the substitutes bench, was ill during the second part of last week. He explained: “I did not want to start with Andy in case we had to substitute him within 10 minutes. We put him on the bench in case we needed him and he should be okay for Tuesday. Zoumana Bakayogo came into the side, worked hard and used his pace well.”
Rovers gave a 66th minute substitute appearance to Jake Cassidy, a 19-year-old striker recruited on loan from Wolves over the weekend.
Moore said: “Cassady is like to the young strikers we have here. He is a bit raw but he gives us some more strength. Dave Philpotts, our chief scout, has watched him. It’s been difficult finding players. We sent a letter to 70-odd clubs last week and we got two phone calls back in response.
“The (more experienced) players we are looking for are on £8,000 a week!”