Tranmere Rovers face Port Vale at Prenton Park on Saturday (3pm) looking to bounce back after back-to back defeats in the league.

Defeats to Walsall and Hartlepool leave Micky Mellon’s side second – 11 points behind league leaders Forest Green.


Rovers have played two more games than their promotion rivals and sit only three points above fourth placed Northampton.

Mellon calls for unity

Manager Mellon called for his team to “stick together” during this tough period as his team looks to gain promotion to Sky Bet League One.

This is the first time Tranmere have lost back-to-back league games since losing to Northampton and Mansfield Town back in October.


Speaking after the game on Tuesday, Mellon called on his team to keep their heads up ahead of a busy run-in.

“We are disappointed for all the supporters who came up here and supported us and all we can do is stick together and go again.

“It’s the stage of the season when you’ve just got to keep your head.

“We need to keep our heads down and go again. Let’s see for Saturday and go again.”

Port Vale

Tranmere’s opponents Port Vale sit ninth in the table – four points off the play off positions.

Vale currently sit on 44 points having played three games less than seventh-placed Newport County.


Darren Clarke’s extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 0-0 home draw to Northampton Town last Saturday.

Crucial matches to come

Tranmere have a tough run of fixtures with Micky Mellon’s side facing seventh-placed Newport and promotion rivals Northampton in their next two fixtures.

Rovers will need to improve their form in order to sustain their push for promotion to Sky Bet League One.

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