LIAM PALMER insists there are no hang-ups in the Tranmere dressing room about playing at Prenton Park.
The League One leaders failed to win any of the last four games in front of their own supporters and return to home soil for an FA Cup second round tie against Chesterfield this weekend and then a League One fixture against Portsmouth the following Saturday, December 8.
Meanwhile Rovers, boasting an impressive record of six wins and just one defeat from 10 away games, extended their lead at the top of the table to three points with a 1-1 draw at Chesterfield last Saturday.
Palmer said: “I would say there’s not much of a difference between the way we play home and away. Up until the last few weeks we were producing some good performances at home.
“We stumbled against MK Dons and lost that game but we will not play a better passing team than them in the division this season. I would not put too much emphasis on the home and away issue.
“In every game you are on grass in a stadium, that’s the way I see it.”
Palmer had sympathy however for team-mate Adam McGurk, who was subjected to ironic cheers from home supporters when he was substituted during the second half of the goalless draw with Walsall at Prenton Park last week.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland responded with an impressive performance at Stevenage, setting up Tranmere’s goal for Jake Cassidy.
Palmer said: “No player deserves to be cheered off when he is substituted in the way Adam was in the Walsall game. That’s something I don’t agree with.
“Adam showed he’s got some character with his performance at Stevenage. He bounced back and got on with what he knows he can do.
“He’s a really good player and when you need a bit of quality in the final third of the pitch, Adam can provide it.”
Palmer, 21, one of the youngest members of Ronnie Moore’s squad, was impressed after playing in the same line-up as Tranmere elder statesman Ian Goodison for the first time at Broadhall Way.
The 40-year-old Jamaican international made his first senior start of the season as a replacement for the suspended Ash Taylor.
Palmer said: “Ian Goodison is a legend. He’s played hundreds of international games and played in the World Cup finals. He came in at Stevenage and proved he can still do it at this level.
“He was one of our best players on the day. He controlled the defence, controlled the tempo of the passing. He was just top drawer.”
Tranmere, leading through Jake Cassidy’s 11th strike of the season from the 78th minute, were pegged back in injury time by an equaliser from Stevenage midfielder Greg Tansey.
It wasn’t the first time Rovers conceded a costly last gasp goal – MK Dons, Preston and Doncaster also scored late on to snatch away precious points.
Palmer and fellow loanee Jake Cassidy will have to sit out the Chesterfield game because the two players don’t have permission from their parent clubs – Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively – to play for Tranmere in the FA Cup.
However, manager Ronnie Moore says striker Michael O’Halloran, who signed a month’s loan from Bolton Wanderers last week, does have the okay to play in the FA Cup.