Rovers to face huge ten games – Adams

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jef­fer­son Lake

MICKY ADAMS is brac­ing him­self for a tense run-in af­ter watch­ing his Tran­mere side slip to de­feat at Northamp­ton.

Ryan Cress­well scored the only goal of the game at Six­fields to give the Cob­blers their ninth win in 12 games and move them to within three points of the top seven.

Cress­well might have scored a hat-trick, head­ing two other ef­forts wide from set-pieces ei­ther side of the one he buried in the 62nd minute.

Rovers strug­gled to cre­ate any­thing of note from an at­tack­ing point of view and suc­cumbed to a de­feat which keeps them in the di­vi­sion’s rel­e­ga­tion places.

Their best chance came through Jor­dan Hugill’s ef­fort, which was palmed onto the cross­bar by home goal­keeper Matt Duke,

Mean­while, they also had an ap­peal for a penalty turned down in the first half af­ter Jen­ni­son MyrieWil­liams thought he had been brought down in­side the Cob­blers area.

And Adams ad­mits the fi­nal stretch will be a tense one, with Rovers sit­ting one place and two points from safety with ten games left.

“Again, we haven’t tested the op­pos­ing goal­keeper enough and it’s hard to work out why that is when you’ve got so many at­tack­ing play­ers on the pitch,” he said.

“The play­ers have got to have faith in their own abil­i­ties to hurt teams and we didn’t put enough qual­ity into the box.

“We’ve got ten games left to save our­selves now, to save some ca­reers and some liveli­hoods. It’s go­ing to be a huge ten games.

“I just want to win a game. We’re no worse off be­fore the game, which is a good thing, and we have to pick our­selves up from this.”

His Northamp­ton coun­ter­part Chris Wilder was de­lighted to see his team win af­ter a dif­fi­cult de­feat at Ply­mouth last week­end.

Wilder ad­mit­ted the per­for­mance might not have been as ex­cit­ing as those in pre­vi­ous wins but that at this crunch stage of the sea­son, all that mat­ters are the score­lines.

“I’m not one of those man­agers who say per­for­mances are more im­por­tant than re­sults, es­pe­cially at this stage of the sea­son. It was just a case of get­ting the job done,” he said

“Tran­mere are fight­ing for their lives and Micky Adams’ teams al­ways want to win games so we had to work very hard to get that re­sult.

“It was a pretty open game, we were the bet­ter team in the first half but they were al­ways a threat on the counter-attack with their pace.

“We had to work hard and com­pete with­out com­mit­ting too many play­ers for­ward and get­ting caught on the break.

“Our per­for­mances are based on work ethic, com­mit­ment and press­ing the op­po­si­tion, but it was hard to open them up.”

STAR MAN RYAN CRESS

WELL Northa

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