PAUL CORRY is being urged to toughen up his act at the heart of Tranmere’s challenge for a promotion spot.
Ronnie Moore believes the 22-year-old Dubliner, signed on loan from Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month, has the skills to fill the creative void left by the loss of skipper James Wallace.
But Moore says Corry must learn to handle the physical nature of League One football and impose himself on opposing teams more effectively.
He spoke to the player after a 1-1 draw with Notts County on Tuesday left Tranmere in third place in the table but failed to break a sequence of four home games without a victory.
Moore said: “We miss the passing ability of James Wallace. I’ve said to Paul that we need him, a player from the Championship, to be on the ball.
“I don’t think he worked hard enough on Tuesday and I told him that. I’m not saying anything I have not said to him.
“He’s got the ability. But he’s got to get more physical, got to get stronger. It is a big boys’ league, this one. It is not like the Championship where you back off and let the opposition play, then you have possession and they back off.
“Down at this level people are in and around your feet and it’s a question of getting used to the pace of the game.”
Corry made eight senior appearances for Sheffield Wednesday this season after joining the Owls from University College Dublin last summer.
Moore signed Corry after discovering Wallace required surgery on a knee ligament injury that forced him out of the side in early December. He won’t play again this season.
Wallace said: “I am gutted about missing out over the last few months but there’s nothing you can do about injury. I’ll be fighting fit by pre-season and I can put all this behind me.”
Moore fears Tranmere may struggle to find 18 fit players to fill the team sheet for the League One visit to promotion chasing rivals Yeovil Town this weekend.
Two more casualties were added to Rovers’ long injury list after the draw with Notts County.
Creative midfielder Andy Robinson limped off after 11 minutes with a hamstring strain and centre-back Ian Goodison followed him into the treatment room on 24 minutes with a groin injury.
Tranmere started the game without new loan signing Mama Sidibe after the tall striker from Stoke City picked up a hamstring injury on his debut performance in the 5-1 win at Colchester last weekend.
Adam McGurk is out for a month after suffering a collapsed lung while Tranmere’s hopes of re-signing Ben Gibson on a second spell from Middlesbrough will have to go on hold after the centre-back, 20 this week, jarred his knee in training.
Moore does not expect Goodison or Robinson, his most experienced players, or Sidibe to be available for the trip to Huish Park.
Moore said: “The lads are giving their heart and soul and it was disappointing to hear some booing from one or two people at the end of the Notts County game. There is no need for it.
“When you look at the size of the squad we’ve got, every player deserves a medal. To have got to 60 points at this stage is tremendous.
“We go again and get 11 players on the field at Yeovil. Whether we can get 18 on the team sheet is another matter.”
Born: Dublin, February 3, 1991.
Height: 6ft 2ins.
University College Dublin: 105 games, 10 goals.
Sheffield Wednesday (since 2012): 6 Championship games, 2 Cup games.
Tranmere Rovers (loan): 4 League One games.