Jan 27 2014 Main WIR
MANAGER Ronnie Moore admits he faces a difficult decision over dropping one of his in-form central midfielders – Steve Jennings or Jason Koumas – from the Tranmere side to face promotion chasers Rotherham United at Prenton Park tomorrow.
Moore says one of the pair will have to make way for James Wallace, who will return to the side following a three match suspension.
Both Jennings and Koumas impressed in a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday which lifted Rovers out of the relegation zone and up to 17th place in the League One table.
Accommodating all three central midfielders isn’t an option, Moore says, because he is determined to stick with the 4-4-2 formation which delivered Tranmere’s first win in five games at the expense of the Railwaymen.
Moore said: “Wallace is the captain so he will come back and play. It will be hard for me to decide which of the other two midfielders to leave out because I thought both were excellent against Crewe.
“We are going to play 4-4-2. We are not going to go back to the other system just yet, particularly at home. I have a little bit of thinking to do and then I will make the decision.”
Moore described Jennings’ contribution to the win over Crewe in a defensive midfield role as “fantastic.”
He added: “It was a good all-round performance. When we had to defend, we defended well. We’ve got to be pleased. In conditions like those it’s about who wants to win the game, who has more desire and commitment.
“Rotherham are a good side with a chance of being promoted this season, so we will need the same attitude and the same commitment against them.”
Moore is confident new signing Jake Cassidy will be fit for tomorrow’s encounter after the striker limped out of Saturday’s game late in the second half.
“Jake took a knock on the base of his back and he will be okay for Tuesday,” said Moore.
Liam Ridehalgh could be fit enough to challenge for a recall against Rotherham after missing out at the weekend with a groin strain. However, Moore was pleased by the performance of Evan Horwood, who produced one of his best defensive displays at left-back since joining the club last summer.
“Evan showed what he is about,” said Moore. “He can play. He was useful going forward and when he was asked to defend, he did it well.
“I was pleased for him because he has had a bit of stick off me, a bit of stick off the coaching staff and a bit of stick off the other players. He rolled his sleeves up and had a right good go.”