Feb 17 2014 Main WIR
SEVERAL teams can still go down as the battle against relegation rages on, manager Ronnie Moore says.
Rovers climbed up a place to 18th after twice coming from behind to snatch a vital point against Bristol City on Saturday.
With a two-point cushion above the drop zone, the next couple of weeks are crucial for Tranmere but Moore reckons his side can compete with anyone.
“We don’t know if the Crawley game is going to be on on Tuesday but they’ve got a lot of games to catch up on as well so it is going to be tight (at the bottom). So who is going to go down? It could be anyone,” Moore said.
“If we had have won, we would have gone 15th but it’s about what we do and if we perform like we did and get more men in the box then we’re not going to be a million miles away from being safe.”
Jake Cassidy, in his third loan spell at Rovers from Wolves, recorded his first goal of the season and Moore feels his performance levels are improving all the time.
“I am pleased for Cass because he has worked his socks off since he came back,” Moore added.
“It’s nice now he has scored his first goal since coming back and hopefully he can push on from that.
“He is a hard worker, he is up and down and makes it hard for defenders, but he probably just needed the games.
“The games have come thick and fast and he has definitely improved on his fitness.”
The big question for Moore is how he accommodates his best players in an effective formation. After abandoning the 4-4-2 early in the defeat to Preston, Rovers started with a 4-5-1.
Moore said: “We like to play 4-4-2 at home but we can’t win when we’re playing that way so it’s food for thought because, really, we don’t want to play 4-3-3.
“If we play 4-3-3 at home, we need to push midfielders on and we will work on that in training and make sure that happens.”