After two-weeks without a match Tranmere Rovers will be hoping that Saturday’s opponents Dagenham & Redbridge will be feeling rust as they visit Prenton Park.
Currently the visitors are in a state of low-scoring matched with the 23d of September the last time they registered more than two goals in one match meanwhile The Super Whites are still high off their last league win – a 4-2 mauling of FC Halifax in late October.
The Rovers have had two cup matches to distract from their current league standings with a 1-1 FA Cup draw away from home against Peterborough and a 2-1 loss for the fringe players in the Cheshire senior cup but now they look read to kick off domestically in their late push for promotion.
Tranmere fans will be thrilled at the sight of Jake Kirby back on the bench for last week’s cup action with the player returning following a leg-break earlier this year and another available return to the squad is Elliot Rokka while Ben Tollitt is still nursing a knee injury, with James Wallace and Jack Dunn all unavailable.
Devarn Green may feature after scoring in midweek in the Cheshire cup, while Andy Cook who scored the winner against Peterborough will most likely lead the line after his heroics.
For the away-side they are without centre-back Kevin Lokko who is ruled out due to suspension since his red card against Wrexham last month
View from the Dugout
Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon: “We have just continue to work hard. We knew that we were close some time ago, we just had to start putting our chances away.
“[Against Dagenham] It is a great opportunity for us to pull back three points on one of the clubs that are above us, we are very much aware of that.
“We should be up and among the front runners. Tranmere should be up and among them, we’re disappointed that we are not, but we are very focussed on turning that around.”
Tranmere Rovers vs Dagenham & Redbridge – Last time out
The Super Whites last faced The Daggers in March 2015 when both sides were struggling in League Two, it was a scrappy game with numerous mistakes for both sides as The Londeners escaped with a 3-2 win.
Jamie Curton opened the scoring for Dagenham but Rovers were quick to reply with a goal from Dan Gardner making the scorelines level.
However, in the second half the visitors pulled away with two goals before the 75th minute and the Micky Adam’s managed side left it too late to responded despite Max Power grabbing a consolation goal in the 87th minute.
This marked the fourth loss on the bounce for Tranmere who were relegated from League Two in the same season with Adams staying in charge until just a month later.
Full time: Tranmere 2 – 3 Dagenham
Joel Lampkin: 2-0
Tranmere should be feeling confident ahead of this clash, following their last impressive league fixture and a 1-1 draw away to Peterbough is a respectable result. Dagenham have struggled to score recently but their defence has been solid, however, with James Norwood, Gerry McDonagh, Dylan Mottley-Henry and even players like Larnell Cole able to have an impact, it could be a dominant victory for The Super Whites.
Peter Tscherewik: 2-1
Tranmere are in good form at the moment and Micky Mellon’s men will be confident of securing a good result coming into this game. Dagenham and Redbridge will be a stern test for Rovers but I fancy the Super Whites to edge it.
Josh Roberts: 2 – 1
Tranmere are playing good football of late and getting results to match their performances. Home advantage will be crucial here as Dagenham & Redbridge will be no push over however I expect Rovers to win a tightly fought contest.
George Wiliamson: 2-2
Has the potential to be a goal fest, with Dagenham leading the league in goals scored this season. Rovers being at home could see them get a result, should be an entertaining game regardless.