RONNIE MOORE admits he is revising his ambitions by the week as Tranmere Rovers’ phenomenal start to the season heads into autumn.
Rovers will look to make it 13 games unbeaten to begin the campaign as they travel to face Bournemouth at Dean Court this weekend. The Prenton Park outfit are currently seven points clear at the top of League One, forcing most observers to sit up and take notice of the unfancied Merseysiders.
Moore has repeatedly spoken of the need to get to 50 points – the perceived “safety zone” in the division – but he admits Tranmere’s start (they have 30 from their opening 12 games) is forcing him to adjust his sights somewhat.
“They’ve got to change, because of where we are,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that. But I think at the start of the season the target was 50 points.
“I think the chairman would have been happy to have 50 points around about April time, maybe a bit before then. The way things are going, he might have them for Christmas!
“So you have to look at it differently; we are playing games and we are winning games, so we have a chance of doing something.
“There are a lot of people out there just waiting for the bubble to burst, we just have to make sure it doesn’t.”
Victory over Yeovil Town last weekend, having been two goals down at one stage, saw them increase their gap at the summit of the League One standings. In addition to their seven-point gap to second-placed Stevenage, they are ten clear of MK Dons in seventh, and Moore admits this provides a useful cushion, even at this stage of the season.
“The gap gives you a breather,” he said. “That’s the big thing about winning games. Draws are not always any good. You’re better winning one and losing one nowadays than getting draws and staying unbeaten.
“It is a buffer, but we are a quarter of the way through the season. We haven’t done anything yet, we haven’t won anything. But we are in a fantastic position, and I don’t think anybody in the Football League would have thought that we would be top of the league by seven points going into October.
“But we are. The hard part now is trying to stay there.”
Moore believes Tranmere will need to be on their guard against a rejuvenated Bournemouth tomorrow. The Cherries recently re-appointed Eddie Howe as manager, and Moore has called upon his players to ignore the “razzmatazz” surrounding his first official home game in charge.
“They’ve got a new manager, so they will be lifted,” he said. “It’s crazy. There’s a 20% increase in effort, and there will be another 20% because we are top of the league too, so it will be a tough game.
“But it’s about what we do. It won’t be an easy game for them either.”