LUCAS AKINS says Tranmere are putting the focus on new targets to ensure they pull out all the stops in the final four games of the League One campaign.
The wide midfielder reckons Rovers had reason to take satisfaction from reaching 51 points, which should be enough to ensure another season of third tier football at Prenton Park.
But Akins says the breaking of the half-century barrier does not mean the job is finished – a point made forcibly by manager Ronnie Moore after Tranmere subsided to a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons on Easter Monday.
Aikins said: “Fifty points was the target for us and we reached it pretty quickly.
“I think we might have surprised a couple of people who thought it would have taken us a little bit longer to get there. Now we have to set another target. As a team we got to do the same things that got us to 51 points, go on another run and do well until the end of the season.”
The half-ton mark looked a difficult objective when Moore took charge of team affairs on March 4.
Tranmere had 34 points on the board from 33 games at that point and had not posted a victory in 2012.
Moore’s appointment sparked a revival which saw Rovers win four games out of the next six and take 17 points from the first 24 at stake under the new manager.
The turnaround was achieved with essentially the same group of players who struggled to post results through the winter.
Jake Cassidy, a teenage striker recruited on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has been Moore’s only signing.
Akins, however, did not doubt that the side could reach back to find the kind of form that took them to the edge of the play-off zone during the early months of the season.
“I don’t think we should be surprised about how quickly we turned it around,” Akins said.
“As a squad we know what we’ve got in us. It was about getting that winning mentality again.
“The gaffer got us playing positively and really going forward in games. We’ve been creating chances and giving the opposition something to think about.”
Akins says Moore is less concerned about the opposition than ensuring Tranmere deliver a performance.
He said: “The gaffer talks a little bit about the opposition but he says at the end of the day is all about us and what we do.
“We know that whoever we play against, if we all put in a performance, then we will be a problem for them.”
Akins expects Moore will be reinforcing that point when Tranmere travel to the Bescot Stadium on Saturday to face a Walsall side who start the afternoon four points above the drop zone.