MAN in a hurry James Rowe is happy to have given Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore a selection headache ahead of the weekend visit to Oldham Athletic.
Midfielder Rowe played a prominent role in the patched up Rovers side that overcame Bolton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night and produced the best performance of the season so far.
Now the 21-year-old hopes the same line-up will be given the chance to put a first League One victory on the board at Boundary Park, even though some of the first-team regulars who missed out in midweek because of injury could be available once more.
Rowe said: “The boss has a few selection headaches and that’s a good thing. We are short of players at the moment and have a few injuries. But I think the lads put in a good performance against Bolton and it will be interesting to see what the gaffer does on Saturday.
“Nights like Tuesday can bring the whole team together. That performance can be a great kick forward for the team and hopefully we can take that performance and spirit into the game at Oldham.
“We know Oldham are a good side but if we play like we did on Tuesday I’m sure we can get a result.”
Rowe took a gamble this summer when he walked away from Conference club Forest Green in order to pursue his ambition of gaining a foothold in the game at Football League level.
Taking his cue from friend Abdulai Baggie, Rowe secured a trial with Tranmere and did well enough in the pre-season games to earn a one-year contract.
He explained: “I spoke to the gaffer here and I was given the chance of a trial. It was a big risk for me to leave the club I was with and take the chance of making the step up. But I felt I could prove myself.”
Rowe has made two starts so far for Tranmere, both in the Capital One Cup, plus one substitute appearance in the League One defeat at Crewe Alexandra two weeks ago.
He thrived on Tuesday night in a four-man midfield also featuring Chris Atkinson and Max Power, with Jason Koumas playing the anchor role just in front of the back four.
Now he hopes his first-team opportunities will increase.
“I do not want to hang around,” Rowe said. “I want to get into the team quickly and hopefully help us push towards the top of the league. I would like to think the Bolton game gave us a kick in the right direction.
“It was a great performance from the lads. And it was important we put in a performance like that after the run we have been having in the league.”
Rowe added: “I think the system we played on Tuesday worked well. Jason Koumas is very good on the ball.
“He takes it off the defenders and gives it to the likes of Max, Chris and myself who have got legs. Getting forward and attacking is a massive part of my game and I know I have to work on the defensive side.”
Rowe won’t forget his first game in the same side as Ian Goodison.
He saw the 40-year-old Jamaican centre back walk away with three man of the match awards after a powerful and inspirational performance at the heart of the defence against Bolton.
He said: “Ian Goodison is a legend at this club and I can see why.
“He set the tempo with a big tackle in the first minute. That was what got us all going and got the crowd going.
“He’s a big player and you could see the way the fans reacted when he got the man of the match award that they think he’s special.”