TRANMERE manager Ronnie Moore says he must consider changes in personnel and tactics for the visit to Oldham Athletic tomorrow after losing wide midfielders Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Andy Robinson to injury and suspension.
Bell-Baggie suffered a medial ligament injury during the first half of Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at Hartlepool, a result that took Rovers back to the top of the League One table. The winger faces a lay-off of two to three weeks.
Robinson collected his fifth booking of the season at Victoria Park and serves an automatic one match suspension this weekend.
Moore said: “The injuries keep piling up. Bell-Baggie is going to be out for two to three weeks with medial ligament damage. Robinson got his fifth yellow card at Hartlepool and won’t be available for Saturday.
“We’ve got to conjure up a side that can go to Oldham and play well or play with a different system.”
Moore says he may be persuaded to revise his theory about playing teenage strikers Jake Cassidy and Cole Stockton together.
Stockton capped an impressive 20-minute appearance as a substitute at Hartlepool by scoring Rovers’ second goal in injury time. Robinson had given Tranmere the lead with a 79th minute penalty.
Moore said: “I’ve said Cole and Cassidy can’t play together because they are too similar but he (Stockton) might have proved me wrong. His goal was a fantastic finish.”
The manager added: “I think a lot of people thought the Hartlepool game was one we could slip up on. But we didn’t. We knew a draw would take us back to the top and the win would take us two points clear, which is fantastic.”