After a shocking 3-0 home defeat to Wycombe in midweek, Tranmere Rovers are drinking in the last chance saloon and simply HAVE to find a way to beat inform Exeter City this afternoon. Otherwise, supporters can start booking those away days at Accrington and Lincoln, a far cry from trips to Leeds, Norwich and Southampton, that have created so much interest in the third tier this season.
It will not be easy, the visitors are very well organised and are on a long unbeaten run, but most of those have been draws and doubtless they will set up to keep what they have got, right from the kickoff. That will be very different from the approach of Wanderers , who came out all guns blazing for the three points and today, Rovers should at least be able to take a while to settle and get a toehold in the game.
I expect boss Les Parry to return to 4-4-2 which suits Rovers much better and surely they will gamble on Andy Robinson and a couple of other key players, who might not be quite 100% fit, but what are they waiting for ? Robinson is very talented, too much so on his day for Division 1 and despite usually carrying a couple of kilos too much, could turn this match on it's head and it is time to start repaying the fans, who stumped up the cash to bring him in on loan. I understand that he will start and that is enough for me to take a chance on the home side and if they play as well as in the recent home defeat of champions elect Norwich, they will win.
I am not overly concerned by the 3-0 loss, as at 0-1, they had no choice but to go for it and they will certainly he helped at the back, by the emergency loan signing of giant 19yo goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from Liverpool. The younster is well thought of at Anfield and has already been called up into the Hungarian national squad and played a lot of games on loan at Hereford. He will go straight between the sticks today.
Doubt that this will be too pretty and first goal might well decide it, but I have to take a little on Rovers giving up the quarter ball in asia.