MANAGER Ronnie Moore and inspirational midfielder Andy Robinson insist the individual awards they collected at the weekend reflect the collective efforts behind Tranmere’s flying start to the season.
Those awards are for everyone really,” said Moore, who was presented with the manager of the month award for August ahead of last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Coventry City.
Moore added: “It means we are doing things in the right way, player-wise, staff-wise, manager-wise.
“I got the manager of the month and a pat on the back but the coaches here, John McMahon and Dave Timmins, have worked their socks off and so has our physio Greg Blundell in keeping the players fit. Those players have gone out on the park and produced the performances and the results.
“It’s not a magic wand that produces the results; it’s a team effort.”
Robinson picked up the player of the month award for August. A spectacular hat-trick in the 3-0 win at Carlisle United may well have influenced the judges.
The 32-year-old midfielder said: “I got the award but it’s about the success of the team. Without the other 10 players I’m nothing. So credit to them. We all share the awards together, it’s a team game.”
Robinson made a gesture of support for the Hillsborough families, at the cost of a yellow card, during the Coventry game.
Robinson celebrated Rovers’ second goal by pulling off his shirt to reveal a vest bearing the message: ‘Justice For The 96’.
Match referee Andy D’Urso stuck to the rulebook by booking Robinson for removing his shirt. The local boy from Rock Ferry was forgiven by his manager who said: “I think he was desperate to show the message he had on his vest, so we will let him off this time.”
Robinson said: “Everyone knows about Hillsborough and the Justice For The 96 campaign. I was just playing my part in that.
“I think what went on over Hillsborough was an absolute disgrace. Those people (the families) deserve a little bit of closure in their lives. We want justice for them now.”
Tranmere finished the weekend at the top of the League One table after notching a third straight home victory at Coventry’s expense thanks to goals in the last 11 minutes from Jake Cassidy and Robinson.
Rovers, who were in action against Bury at Prenton Park last night, face a testing visit to Crawley Town this coming weekend.
Big-spenders Crawley, promoted from League Two in third place last May, have made a strong start in a higher division.
They notched a second away win of the season at Preston North End last weekend.