Adam McGurk is looking to add goals to his game at Tranmere
ADAM McGURK is determined to make more goal-scoring contributions to Tranmere’s promotion challenge after notching the winning strike at Brentford.
The Irishman kept Rovers at the top of the League One table with a 66th minute solo effort at Griffin Park.
It was his fourth goal of the campaign and McGurk admitted: “I have been disappointed with my goal ratio. I want to get more goals for the team.
“I have got a few important ones and hopefully I can keep going to the end of the season and get a few more important ones. They are all going to be important from now on.”
Tranmere’s 2-1 success ended a Brentford run of 13 unbeaten League One games. Now Ronnie Moore’s team are preparing for a Prenton Park encounter with fellow promotion contenders Swindon Town, who gave them a 5-0 hammering during the week before Christmas.
McGurk said: “Brentford was a big win for us and we’ve got another one coming up next week against Swindon.
“We’ve won five of the last six games so confidence is high. I think everyone will say it, we don’t fear anybody in this league. If we’re on the top of our game we know we can go home or away and beat anybody.”
The spirit within the dressing room is helping Tranmere to dig out results that are keeping them ahead of clubs with greater resources, McGurk believes.
He said: “Everyone knows we have a small squad but we are very tight knit group. Even the loan players will say they feel part of the team here. Ben Gibson went back to Middlesbrough when he got injured but still comes down to see us.”
Tranmere have reached the 56 points total they achieved in each of the last two seasons – and have 17 games still to play.
Manager Ronnie Moore admits supporters will be disappointed if Rovers fail to make the play-offs at the very least but the approach within the dressing room remains match to match, rather than looking too far ahead.
McGurk said: “We are not getting carried away with our position. We just take each game as it comes. We’re in a great position. No one thought we would be here at this point of the season.
“But to be fair, back in pre-season we thought we knew as a group that we had something special. We have good players here even if we have a small squad.
“Obviously there’s going to be upsets and disappointments to come. It’s how you bounce back from those disappointments that is so important.”
McGurk knows he would have been in for a rollicking from the manager if he hadn’t scored at Brentford after bursting into the penalty area on a run from the right, aided by full-back Danny Holmes’ decoy dash on the outside. There were three Tranmere players waiting for a cross into the goalmouth.
“Danny makes those runs all the time and it gives me a bit more space,” McGurk said. “I just gambled and put it through the defender’s legs then tucked it away. I had a look up and saw our lads all lining up but I had to go for it. If it was anyone else they would probably have shot as well.
“The gaffer said it was lucky I scored because he would have given me a rollicking if I hadn’t.”