RONNIE MOORE is asking the Prenton Park fans to show some patience as Tranmere work on developing the pass and move football he believes will be essential to the team’s success this season.
Rovers followed up a poor performance in defeat at Walsall on the opening day of the League One campaign with a more measured display against Mansfield in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
First-half goals from Andy Robinson and Chris Atkinson earned them a place in today’s second round draw.
Moore was happier with Tranmere’s pattern of play but a sensed the mood of impatience among some home fans as his team worked the ball through midfield in search of avenues of attack.
Moore said: “I thought some of our football in the first half on Tuesday was good. People do get frustrated when they see the ball going square. But at this level you have to keep the ball and cause teams problems with the movement and passing.
“We are not the biggest or the strongest side and we have to move and manipulate the ball to create our chances.”
The manager made changes to the side beaten at Walsall by selecting Joe Thompson in a wide midfield role ahead of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who had to settle for a place on the bench.
Summer signing James Rowe came into the side in central midfield and Atkinson was originally slated to drop to the bench but Max Power fell sick, forcing an 11th hour change to the team sheet.
Thompson, Atkinson and Rowe all strengthen their claims for a place in the side for the League One encounter with Crawley Town at Prenton Park on Saturday.
Moore said: “To be fair Joe was unfortunate that he did not play at Walsall. I wanted to have a look at Jean-Louis in a wide left role because when he plays up front he gets a lot of goals by coming in from the left. But Jean-Louis is not a winger.
“Both Joe and Andy Robinson did well on Tuesday and it was nice to see one or two balls going into the opposition box.
“Chris Atkinson showed what a player he can be. He was quiet at Walsall but he got on the ball on Tuesday and spread it around. He will get us goals.”
However, Moore was disappointed Tranmere were not able to build on their two-goal half time lead and allowed League Two newcomers Mansfield back into the game in the second half.
“We’re still not creating enough chances,” Moore said. “Ryan Lowe is not getting enough chances.”
Moore is eager to put the season’s first points on the board this weekend. He said: “Crawley is the big one for us. They are bang on form and it will be a difficult game.
“But if we play as we did in the first half against Mansfield until after 90 minutes, we will have a chance of winning it.”
Meanwhile, Rovers goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams has been called up for the Wales squad for the friendly international against Republic of Ireland in Cardiff next Wednesday.