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Wild Wants To Stop Tranmere's Run

2 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild is optimistic about his side's chances against an in-form Tranmere who visit Boundary Park tonight (7:45pm KO).

After taking back the reigns at the club, Wild recorded a win at the weekend to put a stop to a six game winless run, but knew the focus would switch to Tranmere after the final whistle.

"The focus completely switches to Tranmere now and the excellent run they are on, so your mind can't be far away from the next game.

"Yes we're happy and should smile about Saturday but it's back in the box now and we're firmly focused on this fixture.

"With a midweek game it's always interesting because the players still have a little bit of stiffness and soreness from Saturday so we try and get that out of them quickly and get across what we want to do against Tranmere, so it was all about planning and preparation."

Tranmere Rovers visit Boundary Park backed by around 2,000 supporters on the evening so Wild knows the threat the visitors bring but wants the squad to look at themselves first and foremost.

"We've got a certain way of how we want to defend and attack as a team so regardless of the opposition there might be a tweak here and there. But it's clear in our minds how we want to play, so in general it's how we're going to go about our business.

"There's a couple that are struggling with flu and have been off so we might be a little bit lightweight for the game in terms of numbers, but again I'm happy with the squad and looking forward to the tough test ahead."

He added: "They're one of the teams that I think are really exciting to watch and break really quickly and have some top players as well, so we're going to have to make sure that we remian compact and nullify their threats and exploit them doing what we're good at. If we're good out of possession as well we've got a real chance.

"They can't win every game so why can't it be us that go and stop their run and that's the message from me to the changing room is I want to be the team that stops their run.

"There's always confidence after a win but we've got to make sure we don't get carried away and apply ourselves correctly against what is a very good Tranmere side."


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