Tranmere Rovers have began the season reasonably well following back to back promotions that saw them jump from the Vanarama National League to Sky Bet League One in the space of two years.
Though Micky Mellon’s side isn’t tearing up any trees in the third tier, currently sat in 18th place, they look competitive and competent playing at their new level following a sharp, somewhat unexpected rise.
Mellon has built a useful squad on Merseyside, with the likes of Jacob Maddox, Ollie Banks and Kieron Morris providing the technical qualities that are necessary in League One alongside the battling and physical attributes of Connor Jennings, Stefan Payne and David Perkins.
Overall, Rovers will be pleased with how they’ve settled into life in the third tier following a tricky start. We’ve looked at two areas where Tranmere should look for improvement while acknowledging one admirable feature of their game.
1.Consistency is key
While Rovers results have picked up of late, your never quite sure what you will see from them from one game to the next.
So far Mellon’s men have won two, drawn three and lost four League One matches – though they’ve only lost one of their last five – and this shows they’re lacking the consistency the manager will be looking for.
If Tranmere are to climb from the lower echelons of the league table, they will need to string a few more wins together and find a way from turning one point into three with more regularity.
2. Tranmere need to score the first goal
While Tranmere now look to have gained a foothold at their new level, they still very rarely take the lead in matches, often conceding first and having to come back into matches.
Though Mellon’s men have no shortage of attacking threats, he’ll be hoping that Rovers can start games better. Taking the lead in matches breeds confidence, while allowing you to manage the game and make changes from a more reasoned, comfortable perspective.
This is surely something the Tranmere boss will hoping to be able to do more of as the season progresses.
3. Rovers have character in abundance
Having gone behind in the majority of their matches this season, it’s testament to their character, togetherness and desire that they are able to come back into games so often and pick up points.
Tranmere have fought back from early setbacks with regularity – indeed their last two games has seen them fight back from seemingly losing positions to pick up four very unlikely points.
As mentioned previously, I’m sure Micky Mellon would like his side to start on the front foot more, but he will be hugely encouraged at his side’s ability to keep going, dig in and pick up results.