Tranmere Rovers FC: We’ll make Prenton Park a fortress again, says Owain Fon Williams
OWAIN FON WILLIAMS aims to help Tranmere put another block back in the wall of fortress Prenton Park when Portsmouth visit on Saturday.
Rovers saw their lead at the top of the League One table trimmed to the advantage of goal difference after a run of four games yielding just two points.
Ronnie Moore’s side gave home supporters something to cheer with a 2-1 success over Chesterfield in the FA Cup last Saturday and now Fon Williams is looking for another victory against financially-troubled Pompey.
“We must get back to winning ways here,” said the goalkeeper, who insists Rovers performance over the first 20 games of the League One campaign is nothing less than outstanding.
Fon Williams added: “We are still doing our bit with a small squad. We have lost a few good players to injuries and that has not helped.
“But overall I think we’ve done very well considering the loss of those players. No-one expected us to be top of the table at this stage of the season.”
The top seven teams in the division are now covered by five points going into the weekend round of matches.
Most of Tranmere’s pursuers, Doncaster Rovers, MK Dons, Sheffield United, Brentford and Notts County operate with significantly larger squads and enjoy player budgets well above modest means available up Prenton Park.
Fon William said: “Other teams are closing up on us. We always expected to tighten up at the top.”
Fon Williams acknowledges the issue of conceding late goals is a concern to the dressing room.
Rovers were able to defend a 2-1 advantage over League Two team Chesterfield during the final half-hour of last Saturday’s cup tie. However, the late goals conceded in League One games against Stevenage (away) MK Dons (home), Preston (home), Doncaster Rovers (home) and Brentford (home), cost the team more than half a dozen points.
“It’s happened a few times and maybe we can learn from it,” Fon Williams said. “Last time it happened, at Stevenage, we scored our goal fairly late on and then they piled the pressure on us because they had nothing to lose. They threw a lot of players forward. Even the centre back was playing centre forward.”