Tranmere Rovers haven’t got off to the start they would have originally hoped for in League One, following their promotion via the play-offs in League Two last term.
That dramatic win over Newport County will feel like a distant memory for many supporters, who will be fearing that they could make a swift return to the fourth tier of English football.
There’s still plenty to do for Micky Mellon’s side this season though, and the 47-year-old will be keen to see some improvement in the coming weeks.
They might count themselves fortunate that the likes of Bolton Wanderers and Southend United in particular have struggled for any consistency in their performances this season.
Add to the fact that Bury were removed from the league earlier this season, it means that Tranmere Rovers could survive in the third tier by the narrowest of margins.
Micky Mellon’s side are next in action this weekend when they take on MK Dons, in what will be a tricky test on Saturday.
We look at THREE issues that are likely to be troubling the Tranmere Rovers boss at this moment in time.
Their defensive issues speak for themselves
Tranmere have conceded 27 goals so far in this year’s league campaign, which doesn’t make for the best of reading.
Only Bolton Wanderers (28) and Southend United (43) have conceded more than Mellon’s men this season, and they need to tighten up at the back if they’re to solve this problem.
Mellon could be tempted to make a formation change to make them tougher to score agains this season and he can do that, then they’ll creep up the League One table as the season progresses.
Have they replaced James Norwood’s goals?
Norwood played a starring role in Tranmere’s promotion to League One last season as he scored 32 goals in all competitions.
But this good run of form in front of goal didn’t go unnoticed it seems, as Ipswich Town signed the striker during the summer transfer window.
It was always going to be a tough ask for anyone to step up and score as many goals as Norwood did for Tranmere, but they’re clearly struggling for a striker who is going to hit 20+ goals this season.
Stefan Payne is currently their top scorer with four to his name in total, so it’s clear to see that they could benefit from signing a proven goalscorer at this level in the January transfer window.
Their away form needs improvement
This could be Tranmere’s main downfall this season, which Micky Mellon will be eager to find a solution to at the earliest of opportunities.
Tranmere have only won one of their opening seven league games on their travels this season and more alarmingly, they’ve only scored three goals away from home.
If they’re to stand any chance of retaining their status as a League One club, then they need to become more disciplined in defence in away games.
If they can’t do this, then you have to feel as though they’ll be in a relegation scrap this season.