Tranmere Rovers have won just four games away from home in the league this season.

And that could be the biggest reason why they are not flying above everyone else in the league.

Rovers have just 20 points on the road this campaign, fewer than Harrogate, Carlisle, Bradford and Crawley Town.

All four of Tranmere’s wins on the road this season have been 1-0.

They have beaten Crawley, Exeter, Oldham and Carlisle on their travels.

On the flip side, they have the best home record in League Two, dropping points on just five occasions this campaign.

Slow starts on the road

One of the reasons Rovers’ away form has been poor this season is starting slow.

They’ve only scored four times before the break on the road.

Only once has that translated into three points though, with Elliott Nevitt’s goal against Exeter in December being the only goal of that game.

On four occasions, they have had to come from behind to salvage points, most recently in this weekend’s draw against Sutton.

After the game, Rovers manager Micky Mellon said: “We are really disappointed that we haven’t won the game in the end.

“The opportunities that we have created, we would expect to be taking them.”

Not taking opportunities has been a theme of Rovers away form this season.

Five times this season, they’ve had 14 or more shots in a game, only to draw.

Four away games to go

There are four away games left in the run-in for Micky Mellon’s side.

That starts this weekend with a trip to Colchester.

The team also has to travel to Bradford, Stevenage and Leyton Orient as they push for their first automatic promotion since 1989.

All four of those games are winnable games. Winning two of them should be enough to see Rovers get themselves promoted.

The last time that Rovers earned automatic promotion in the football league was at the end of the 1988/89 season.

In that campaign they finished with six wins on their travels, showing that Prenton Park form can be enough.

If Tranmere can win two of those games, and then three of the four they have to come at home, then they should be in good stead.