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Mitchell lauds defensive effort in Tranmere win

8 February 2023


Mitchell lauds defensive effort in Tranmere win

8 February 2023

Jonathan Mitchell praised the defensive efforts of his Rovers teammates for a hard-earned clean sheet in the win over Tranmere Rovers.

Rovers defended doggedly throughout the 2-0 triumph at the Eco-Power Stadium, helping the return to winning ways.

Mitchell on how the game played out:

“It was good. I thought we were on the front foot for the whole of the game. We took our chances and defended as a unit pretty well. I’m happy with the clean sheet and the win.

“The clean sheets are what we pride ourselves on as a defensive unit. I’d like a few more and carry on a little run of them now. Overall I’m pleased for the lads and everyone put in a great shift.

“I thought the lads were brilliant in front of me with headers, last ditch tackles and blocks all over.

“We were on the front foot without the ball with the press, getting after them and hounding them and force them into an error in midfield. We capitalised on that, went through and Hursty had the nice composed finish for the second.”

On the importance of the win:

“Recent results, we’ve not been happy with them so it was important for us to change that around and now kick on until the end of the season and go on a good run ourselves.

“It’s been frustrating in the last few weeks but we have full belief in everybody and the style of play. We fully believe we can turn this around and put on a good run. We believe we can beat anyone in this league that we come up against and get the points in any game.

“You see how tight the league is. With this win we’ve moved up three or four places. If you go on a run and put games together, then we can be right up there. That’s the league. It’s so tightly compact.

“We can come up against anyone and beat anyone on the day. We just need to put that consistency into every game and carry momentum over.”

On 16-year-old goalkeeper Jake Oram’s involvement on the bench:

“He’s trained with us a lot of time and been around the team. He was on the bench in the FA Cup as well.

“He’s been around the squad and he knows what it’s about. It’s a brilliant chance for someone so young and hopefully he goes on to have a successful career.”

On his own form:

“We’ve conceded some goals that I’ve not been happy with. You look at keeping teams to minimal chances but then you concede, like on Saturday against Hartlepool - they had one real good attempt and scored. It’s been a frustrating period but I believe in myself and my team around me.”

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