Sep 5 2013 by Nick Hilton, Wirral Echo
MAX POWER insists Tranmere “must do better” as they go in pursuit of a first home win of the League One campaign against Stevenage this weekend.
The 20-year-old midfielder hoped Rovers had turned a corner and put a stumbling start to the season behind them by posting a giantkilling success over Bolton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup and the first league win at Oldham Athletic last week.
But the defensive errors of the early season games returned to haunt them in a 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday.
Now Power recognises the importance of returning to winning ways in front of the Prenton Park regulars on Saturday.
Power said: “We have a massive game on Saturday and we must build for it. For me it is a must win game.
“Last week we were celebrating a good cup win against Bolton and then we got our first league win at Oldham. We were hoping to build on that against Fleetwood, to gain a bit of momentum and get the winning mentality going.
“I think in the first half on Tuesday there were signs we were over that bad start but we got complacent in the second half, made a couple of mistakes that cost goals and it was a bit like we were back to the early games.
“We need to make Prenton Park a fortress again, so Stevenage is a must win game in my eyes. Getting back to back wins in this league makes a massive difference. A win on Saturday will push us right at the table.”
Power says he is aware Tranmere are liable to confront a similar tactical and physical challenge from Stevenage as they faced from Fleetwood, who played on the break and were quick to pull every player but their two-goal striker Jamille Matt into protective cover.
“Every time we had possession on Tuesday, Fleetwood got everyone behind the ball and it was difficult to break them down,” said Power.
“There were groans from our fans because we were a bit lethargic. We should have been more streetwise and savvy in seeing the game out when we were a goal up. The goals we conceded were poor. We shot ourselves in the foot.
“When the opposition are getting a lot of players behind the ball you have to be clever. On Tuesday our tempo was too slow.
“We need to find another performance like the one against Bolton, when we showed a lot of guts and desire.”