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Gaffer: Planning for a tough test under lights

13 October 2022

Alex Morris says his backroom team have been working long and hard on a plan to overcome Tranmere Rovers on Friday night.

The manager says Lee Bell, Kenny Lunt and the rest of the football management staff have been drawing up a blueprint on how to stop the in-form hosts.

Rovers have won their last four League Two games without conceding a single goal.

Morris, speaking on Wednesday, said: “We’ve been in since 8am and already spent an hour-and-a-half debating, coming up with solutions and suggestions, to work out what’s the best way to play against Tranmere.

“They play two banks of four and have two forwards who stop you playing through the middle of the pitch.

“Every game is a project because every opposition provides different challenges, and we have to solve riddles every time. 

“You know what you are going to get from Tranmere, their DNA is about competitiveness and a desire to win and that starts with their crowd.

“They started off the season with a back three and found results difficult to come by, but Micky (Mellon) changed that and it has resulted in a real upturn of fortune – I think they’ve won every league game since reverting to a back four, and they’ve not conceded any goals in the last four.

“So, it will be tough but it is a challenge I’m looking forward to seeing how our players respond to.

Morris revealed that Tranmere needed Crewe’s agreement to switch the fixture from its original Saturday date, to Friday night.

He added: “Tranmere have played on Fridays for years and they asked us to agree to it.

“Without hesitation, we agreed because it adds a different feel and atmosphere under the lights.

"Tranmere have a vociferous support and it’ll add a few on the gate. I’m looking forward to seeing the players play in that environment.”

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