Sep 27 2013 by Nick Hilton, Wirral Echo
We’re up for the fight says Tranmere’s Ash Taylor
TRANMERE have given themselves another platform from which to build an improvement in their league form and this time they need to make the most of it, says Ash Taylor.
Rovers may have gone out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Stoke City on Wednesday but their committed and energetic efforts against the slick Premier League giants were heartening for manager Ronnie Moore and the players.
Centre-back Taylor said: “We can take a lot of positives from the Stoke game. We kept our shape, worked hard and made it difficult for them to break us down.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose 2-0 and conceding that second goal from the last kick was a little bit cruel.”
Taylor is all too aware that Tranmere have saved their best performances of the season so far for the Capital One Cup, posting wins over Mansfield and Bolton Wanderers prior to Wednesday’s exit. They have not been able to match that form in eight League One matches yielding just five points.
Tomorrow’s visit from another Potteries side, Port Vale, gives Rovers a chance to post a first home win of the campaign at the fifth attempt.
“We were straight into Stoke on Wednesday night and we’ve got to take that into the Port Vale game, get into their faces and try to get all three points,” Taylor said. “We’ve not been getting it right in the league games, we’ve not been strong at both ends of the pitch at the same time.
“We can look strong on the training ground but taking it into games we have not been able to gel.”
Taylor returned to the side on Wednesday after being left out for three matches. He formed a solid partnership at the heart of the defence with loan signing Adam Dugdale, on a night when veteran Ian Goodison was given a rest.
“When you are left out the team it is disappointing but when you get back in you have to get the bit between your teeth and try to play your best,” Taylor said.
“The key thing for us is getting everyone playing well at the same time. There’s not been too many games where that’s happened. I do think that as soon as that clicks, we will be all right.”
He added: “Individual mistakes have been costing us. So we’ve got to get our concentration right. You can’t switch off for a moment from the first minute to the 90th.”
Taylor, 23, is in his fifth season as a first-team player at Prenton Park and has more than 150 games under his belt. He insists there’s been no problem with the spirit in the dressing room this season.
“We have a good dressing room,” Taylor said. “All the players have something to say. If someone is not doing what they are supposed to be doing, they get pulled up by one of the others.
“Everyone understands we have to help each other in difficult times. I have experience of being near the bottom of the table before, a couple of seasons ago. This league is getting more competitive and the football is getting better.”