WHILE promotion is a banned word around Prenton Park Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore conceded his side are genuine contenders after they extended their unbeaten run against Crawley.
Rovers came from behind to down the Red Devils and maintain their place at the summit of League One on Saturday – the 5-2 triumph their eighth consecutive game without defeat.
But Moore has urged his troops to continue their bid towards 50 points before turning their attentions elsewhere.
“We don’t talk about promotion,” said the former Rotherham boss. “I want 30 more points.
“We’ve got 20 now and the other 30 will give us 50 which means we’ll playing in this league next year.
“But someone always hangs around those top eight teams, so why can’t it be us? But you need some luck with injuries.
“Who knows how long this run can go on for? They won’t come tougher than this, but there are no easy ones. We just go from one game to the next.”
Two goals from Jake Cassidy and strikes from Danny Holmes, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Andy Robinson saw the visitors pick up their sixth win of the season but Moore still had reservations with his side’s defending.
“It was a manager’s nightmare to be honest,” he added. “Defensively both teams were all over the shop.
“When we went 3-2 up I said ‘there’s no way this is finishing 3-2’, you just knew there’s going to be goals. We had great determination and we ground out a good result, we got the goals at the right time.
“We’re a lot more organised and we’ve got plenty of pace. Any team with plenty of pace will cause a team no end of problems. It could’ve been 9-5.
“It wasn’t a great game to be a manager, but the turning point for us was the goal to bring it to 2-2 just before half-time.”