Goalkeeper Scott Davies believes Tranmere must quickly iron out individual errors if they are to prosper in League One.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo in the aftermath of the 3-2 opening day defeat to Rochdale, Davies remarked that the higher up the standard of football, the more likely individual mistakes would be clinically punished. He said: ‘Maybe in League Two and the Conference you get away with one or two(mistakes), but the higher up you go, you don’t get away with it. We need to make sure we’re there and at it all the game.’
‘You get punished the higher up you go. It’s like when you play the friendlies against the teams higher up: if you give them an inch, they’ll take it. We just need to make sure we learn from it quickly.’
It has been a meteoric rise for the Super White Army with back to back promotions, but life in League One got off to a disappointing start with a home defeat. They struggled to contain Rochdale captain Ian Henderson, who netted a double to give Tranmere an early example of the better standard of finishing they are going to encounter this season.
Davies remained upbeat, taking positives from the spirit and togetherness shown by the side but warned: ‘We need to own what happened today, stand up, be men about it and take responsibility.’
Davies is right, better players punish mistakes, and Henderson gave them the lesson.
They need to learn quickly with their next fixture a trip to promotion favourites Portsmouth.
Micky Mellon will no doubt get it right, but after two successful seasons, life will be much harder this season, and the whole club will need to adapt to the better standard quickly if they are to establish themselves at the higher level.