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In Opposition: Tranmere Rovers

Promotion-chasing Rovers looking to bounce back to League One

22 March 2021

Tranmere Rovers have moved to within touching distance of the top three under the stewardship of Keith Hill, looking to get back to League One at the first time of asking.

Manager - Keith Hill

Top Scorer(s) - James Vaughan - 21

Last Result - Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Exeter City

Sitting fourth in Sky Bet League Two, Rovers will be looking to break into the automatic promotion places against Colchester United on Tuesday evening. 

Level on points with Forest Green Rovers with sixty-one, Hill's side benefitted from Cambridge United beating Forest Green at the weekend, with Tranmere taking maximum points from their home game with Exeter City. 

Some may have expected Tranmere to struggle after losing top scorer James Vaughan to injury, but when the replacement is equally experienced David Nugent, Hill's side have been able to kick on. 

Speaking after the game against Exeter, Hill was pleased with the determination shown by his side to get three points.


"We are striving to be successful, you've got to seize the moment and not fear losing a game of football. That's how winners are built." - Keith Hill

"It takes time and patience. We're in a position where there has to be a freedom that we have to relax in a performance. They've got a massive determination, there is no disaster. 

"This is a wonderful football club and a wonderful group of players and we are challenging all the time. We've got a unity including the substitutes and that is what's right about this team."

Rovers line up in a similar formation as the U's 4-2-3-1, with the focal point striker leading the line. 

In Tranmere's case, this man is experienced former England international David Nugent. With over 150 goals throughout his career, Nugent will be a threatening figure to any defence in League Two. The thirty-five-year-old scored his first Tranmere goal in the last game, converting from the penaly spot in the 2-1 home win. 

Former Liverpool and Bolton midfielder signed at Prenton Park in the summer from League One Blackpool. Spearing has already been involved in forty-three games this season, the most of anyone in Keith Hill's squad. His determined and committed playing style has meant he has become a fan favourite for his hometown club. 

Thirty-nine-year-old centre back Peter Clarke is the man with the second most appearances for Tranmere this season with forty-one, including four goals. With over 800 professional appearances, there is little that Clarke won't have seen in the game, with his debut coming over twenty years ago for Everton in the Premier League. 

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