Aug 23 2013 by Nick Hilton, Wirral Echo
MAX POWER has given himself a “must do better” self-assessment and hopes he will be given the chance to do just that when Tranmere play host to League One joint leaders Peterborough United tomorrow.
The 20-year-old isn’t satisfied with Rovers’ start to the new campaign – one point from nine at stake – or his own contribution at the heart of midfield.
“I am the worst for putting pressure on myself,” Power said. “I want to do well for the team and I want to start taking more responsibility on the pitch.
“On a personal level I was not too happy about my performances in the first couple of games.”
Bebington-born Power, a product of Tranmere’s youth development squad, burst onto the first-team scene midway through last season and effectively filled the gap left by a long-term injury to skipper James Wallace.
Power played more than 30 games and collected the young player of the season accolade for 2012/13.
Manager Ronnie Moore has so far named Power in the starting line-up for all three league games in the face of competition from new signings Chris Atkinson and James Rowe.
Soon the competition will become more intense with Wallace due to return to action next month and Jason Koumas moving closer to the point where Moore judges he is fit enough and sharp enough to start games.
Power said: “I am pleased the gaffer has shown confidence in me and hopefully I will get the chance to repay it.”
Power says he’s taken on board the observations of manager Ronnie Moore who wants Tranmere’s two young midfielders to show greater discipline, with one of them staying deeper when the other ventures forward in support of the attack.
“My game is attack minded so it’s hard for me to get into defensive mode,” Power said.
“It’s something I feel I can do and we have got to be more disciplined.
“In a 4-4-2 formation both midfielders have to be able to work together.
“When one gets forward the other has to sit. I think that comes with a bit of experience.
“Chris Atkinson and I are both young players and sometimes we are a bit too eager to get forward and we have left gaps.
“I don’t think getting it right will be a problem as the season goes on because we would get to understand each other better.”
That getting to know you phase is taking a little longer this season than last, Power admits.
He said: “This is quite a new team. We’re all still trying to gel. The gaffer has gone on record saying he thinks we have a better group of players from last season but not a better team.”