Oct 17 2013 by Neil Jones, The Liverpool Post
RONNIE MOORE has urged his Tranmere players to start aiming high after ending their recent winless run last weekend.
And the Rovers boss wants them to start by giving SkyBet League One leaders Leyton Orient a bloodied nose on Saturday.
Last Sunday’s 1-0 win at high-flying Bradford City was Tranmere’s first in the league since August 31, and just their second all season.
It was enough to lift them off the bottom of the table, though they remain in the relegation zone on goal difference.
This weekend, they welcome unbeaten Orient to Prenton Park, and Moore believes the game will provide the perfect challenge for his players.
He said: “I think it takes a bit of pressure off. They’re top of the league, but if you’re a player you want to be playing against the best.
“It should be another decent crowd, good atmosphere. They haven’t lost this season, but you’re very lucky if you can go the whole season without losing.
“We know what it’s like. We were in that position last year where everybody raises their game 20 per cent against you. They all want to be the first team to beat you.
“They’re flying at the moment, but it will be a hell of a game.”Moore added: “The Bradford win is a good starting point. They’re fourth in the league, and we go from fourth to top of the league on Saturday, then the team that’s in sixth, in Rotherham, the week after.
“These are tasty games, to be fair. But if we perform like we did on Sunday, I don’t think we will have any problem.
“The problem that we’ve had this season is that we’re chasing games. We’re conceding early then trying to get after them.
“But when we go in front, it’s about trying to enjoy it. We haven’t had that this season too often.”
Moore admitted there were some nervy moments as his side clung to their single-goal advantage at Bradford.
Nonetheless, the manager insists the spirit within his squad is strong enough to cope with such challenges.
“The dressing room is good,” he added. “We have got no big-time Charlie’s, that’s the thing. And if anybody does step out of line, you’ve got people like (James) Wallace and Ryan Lowe or (Andy) Robinson.
“You could see when Ryan scored on Sunday he came and jumped all over us. It’s a good dressing room and it showed.
“We took just under 500 up there which, considering we are bottom of the league, is fantastic support.”Meanwhile, Tranmere are teaming up with the Royal British Legion to help raise funds for the 2013 Poppy Appeal at the MK Dons home game on Saturday, 26 October.
Admission will be reduced to £5 for servicemen and women, and ex-servicemen and women. Over-65s will also pay £5.