Aug 8 2013 by Nick Hilton, The Liverpool Post
Tranmere Rovers FC manager Ronnie Moore is backing striker Chris Atkinson to make his mark as he settles in at Prenton Park
TRANMERE manager Ronnie Moore is backing Chris Atkinson to make his mark with goals and eye-catching performances as he settles in Prenton Park.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who is on a half season loan from Huddersfield Town, capped his home debut with a well-taken goal in Rovers’ 2-0 win over Mansfield Town in the Capital One Cup at Prenton Park on Tuesday.
Atkinson was due to start the match on the bench because Moore wanted to assess summer signing James Rowe in the central midfield slot.
But he was called into partner Rowe after Max Power was forced to pull out of the game at the 11th hour because of sickness.
Moore said: “Atkinson showed what a player he can be. He was quiet in our opening game at Walsall last weekend that he got on the ball on Tuesday and spread it around.
“I was pleased with him and I think you will get us goals. His goal on Tuesday was well finished and came at a good time for us.”
Moore made another change to the side beaten 3-1 at Walsall on the opening day of the League One campaign, selecting Joe Thompson in a wide midfield role and relegating Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro to the substitutes’ bench.
The manager said he was encouraged by Tranmere’s attacking football against League Two opponents.
Rovers secured a place in today’s second round draw on the strength of Andy Robinson’s first minute header and Atkinson’s strike in first-half injury time.
Moore said: “Both Joe Thompson and Andy Robinson did well and it was good to see some balls going into the opposition box. I still don’t think we are creating enough chances however.”
Jason Koumas was given another half-hour run against Mansfield after playing for a similar spell at Walsall.
However, Moore insists the 33-year-old former Wales international is not yet ready to start a match, as he continues to work on building up his fitness and sharpness after two years out of the professional game.
Tranmere play host to Crawley Town in a League One fixture at Prenton Park on Saturday.
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.