Sep 12 2013 by Nick Hilton, The Liverpool Post
Tranmere eye longer stay for Dugdale
TRANMERE may look to extend the loan arrangement for Adam Dugdale, if the centre-back from Crewe Alexandra continues to show the form of his debut performance.
The 25-year-old Liverpudlian helped Rovers keep a clean sheet in the goalless draw with Stevenage last weekend and hopes to keep his place in the side to face Brentford at Prenton Park on Saturday.
Tranmere’s assistant manager John McMahon said: “Adam did really well, given the fact that he had not played in a while. He organised and talked well. He was strong and committed, just like a proper defender should be.
“There is a possibility we could extend the loan. I think he would be keen to do it as long as he is playing. I think it might suit both parties.”
Dugdale’s appearance against Stevenage was his first senior game since the death of his newborn son Jude in April.
“It is good to be playing again, that’s all I wanted to be honest,” Dugdale said. “It be a long time since I played competitive football. The longer I had to wait, the more it was getting frustrating for me so I was relieved to get those 90 minutes against Stevenage.
“I was happy with the way the day went and the clean sheet helped.”
Dugdale had no hesitation in accepting Tranmere’s invitation to start the loan spell.
“I’m enjoying it here,” he said. “I’m here to get as much game time as I can.
“If Tranmere want me to stay here and Crewe were to accept me staying here for longer I would think about it. But it’s early days in the loan. I will take it one game at a time.”
Tranmere are short of defensive cover after cancelling the contract of summer signing Stephen Foster at the end of last month.
Dugdale was selected ahead of regular pick Ash Taylor for the Stevenage game, although Taylor joined the action after an hour when Ian Goodison went off complaining of a hamstring strain.
Brentford could well present Tranmere’s defenders with a sterner test than Stevenage. The Bees were sung by a 4-0 defeat at Bradford City last Saturday and will be looking to reassert their credentials as a team with promotion winning potential.
McMahon said “Brentford’s result was a surprise. Ok, the keeper got sent off after 25 minutes but you don’t expect any Brentford side to concede four.
“I was a bit gutted really because they’re going to be smarting now and will want to bounce back quickly. Hopefully it won’t be against us.
“Uwe Rosler is a very good manager. He seems to have them very well organised and they’ve spent a lot of money this season on personnel.
“They’ve got a very strong squad and they’re pushing for promotion.”