Sep 28 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
Rovers have failed to win at home in four attempts so far this season, while newly promoted Vale travel north holding a mid-table place following an impressive win over Coventry last weekend.
Grew said: “We had Tranmere watched against Notts County last Saturday and (caretaker manager) Rob Page and myself watched them against Stoke on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.
“There will be pressure on them to get a result at home and we are going to be positive.
“I think if we invite pressure on Saturday it will give them confidence and that’s the last thing we want to do, so we will try to get them on the back foot.
“It is ironic, this time last year they were top of the league and flying and nothing went wrong for them. This time nothing has gone right for them.
“We know they have got quality in there. What you have got to do is like a boxer: when they are down you have got to knock them down again and that is what we plan to do.
“Give anybody half a chance and like a boxer, they will take a swing and knock you out, so we have got to go there and put pressure on them.”
Grew wants Vale to exploit anxiety among home supporters. He said: “We know that if we can keep them quiet for twenty to twenty-five minutes, the crowd will start on them.
“It is like any ground, when you have not won a game and you are down at the bottom of the league, people get restless when you and we need to get on top right from the word go.”
Vale expect to be back to close to full strength, with striker Lee Hughes back in training after suffering from a virus.
Coach Page has taken temporary charge at Vale Park after manager Micky Adams had a hip replacement this week.
Long-serving assistant manager Grew remains in his current role, allowing 39-year-old former Wales international Page to step up.
“It will be good experience for Rob,” Grew said.