Jay Harris: “Halifax win is ‘something’ to build on”

Following a dominant and well deserved win over Halifax Town, Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jay Harris refused to get caught up in the speculation of ‘turning points’ at Prenton Park.

The 30-year-old was a key player in the 4-2 victory that featured a brace from James Norwood, with goals from Dylan Mottley-Henry and Darnell Cole, players that the no.8 feels all offer something different.

With Tranmere finally putting the ball into the back of the net it may seem like the pressure has finally lifted off the shoulders of the Super White Army, but Harris is keen to take it on a game-by-game basis.

The vital three-points that took The Rovers up to 14th in the National League Table with a gap of just nine points separating them from first placed Dover Athletic.

Speaking post match he said: “We can’t look too far ahead, we have to just take each day as it comes, we have training Monday and we have to recover from today’s game, then we go. [We have] a little break from the league on Saturday with the FA Cup.

So I think that rather than looking at the league table [we should] take each game as it comes.”

I don’t want to say it because i’ve been saying it all season and we’ve been hit and miss but it is something to build on, it is a good result, there is things to work on and there’s new lads come in to give us a new lease of life, so I’ll just say that we’ll build on that performance really.”

Screen Shot 2017-10-28 at 20.23.48.pngOn the importance of today’s victory, Harris claimed that it was a case of the forward line finally finding their clinical touch, and the early goals helped relieve some of the pressure that has been building in recent weeks,

We finished our chances. We’ve been getting a lot of chances lately, but we’ve obviously not been putting them in the back of the net but today we scored four so like you say it is clinical.

Does not matter in any game, away from home [or not]. If you get the first goal you have something to build on but the longer [that] goes on, the crowd gets restless and they want to see the win for Tranmere Rovers at the end of the day – so we need to get results. It does ease a lot of pressure to get the first goal.”

With a mixture of names on the scoresheet, not just in today’s game but in previous fixtures, Harris feels that having more options and threats can only help the team as they push towards promotion.

When you have players who can hold the ball like Gerry, you have Andy Cook [who] come off the bench, scores goals, and they can hold the ball up, but it helps the midfield a lot as long as you have strikers who carry the ball and get the shots off and hold it, it makes a midfielder’s life a whole lot easier.

We have options. The options come on and we can change formation. Jay McEveley came on off the bench [against Hartlepool], scored a goal, so we can go four and the back, five at the back, 4-3-3, we have loads of options.”

With no league match until the 11th November, Tranmere’s attention turns to the FA Cup as they face Peterborough next Saturday and it is an away-tie that Harris is relishing.

The FA Cup is always great and getting to the third round and getting the big draws, thats what you want to do, that’s everybody’s dream, so hopefully we can do it on Saturday.



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