Moore expects testing trip to Tranmere
mansfieldtown.net, 20th October 2014
First team coach previews tomorrow's game at Prenton Park.
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First team coach Micky Moore believes our team are in for a tough test when we visit Tranmere Rovers for Micky Adams’ first home match in charge of the Wirral club tomorrow night.
Adams, who was appointed as boss last week, will be determined to quickly-improve Rovers’ fortunes, as they currently occupy bottom position in Sky Bet League Two.
The 52-year-old - a promotion-winner from this level three times in his managerial career - is sure to have his players fired up for what promises to be an intriguing match.
“They’ve got a new manager in Micky Adams [and] he’s very experienced in terms of knowledge of the game and he’s won this league before,” said Moore. “He’ll go in there and give them a big boost.
“They’re bottom of the table, but I think it’s been fine lines on the defeats - the odd goal here and there, so we’re expecting a very difficult game tomorrow.”
Our team head to Prenton Park missing several key players because of a growing injury list.
Amongst the absentees are Ryan Tafazolli (hamstring), John Dempster (groin), Chris Clements (hamstring) and Adam Murray (suspended).
However, Moore confirmed there were no fresh knocks sustained in Saturday’s goalless draw with Cambridge United.
“On Saturday, we had a couple of players who had injections and then played,” continued Moore. “None of the injured players are fit or available for tomorrow, so we’ll go with what we’ve got.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s match itself, our first team coach said: “All things considered in terms of the build up to the game, we were happy with a point.
“When you talk about a defensive display, people will look at the goalkeeper and the back three, but I think as a whole team we worked really hard.
“There were periods in the game where Cambridge did have more possession than us.
“Sascha [Studer] has had to make one or two saves, but I don’t think there were any clear-cut chances, so as team we defended well and worked really hard.”
Micky Moore knows Mansfield Town face tough test from ‘rejuvinated’ Tranmere Rovers
Stags assistant manager Micky Moore expects a tough test against a rejuvinated Tranmere Rovers tonight.
The Merseysiders sit rock bottom of the Football League following a miserable dip in form which has seen them lose their last five matches.
But Moore believes Tranmere will boast a new belief following the appointment of Micky Adams as the club’s new manager this week.
“Carlisle have won three on the bounce since Keith Curle took over, getting a new manager can really make a difference,” said Moore.
“Tranmere will be a difficult match for us. Micky Adams is an experienced manager who has won this league with Port Vale and he will give them a big boost.
“Tranmere have been on the wrong end of results and decisions, the difference between winning and losing in this league is very fine.
“They may be bottom of the table, but anyone can beat anyone and we are expecting a tough test.”
Mansfield go in to the game looking for their first win since beating Carlisle United 3-2 on 20th September and knowing they will be without latest injury victims Matt Rhead and Ollie Palmer.
Added Moore: “The injuries have not got any better for us and none of the injured from the weekend are fit for Tranmere, we are going with what we have got.
“There has been discussion between manager and chairman about the possibility of bringing in new faces.
“We may need to add new players, but I am not expecting any before Tranmere.”
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