Exclusive: Ben Tollitt aims to get “Tranmere back up where they belong”

By Josh Roberts

Ben Tollitt is determined to help get “Tranmere back up where they belong” once he returns from injury in the New Year.

The classy winger has only made a solitary appearance this season, after cracking his knee cap on his return from a lengthy lay off that stretched back into the last term.

But the no.7 is eager to get back on the pitch and make an impact on Tranmere’s stuttering campaign which hasn’t lived up to potential.

 

“The expectations are big considering the level where we are and things like that, we shouldn’t be here.

“It wasn’t long ago [this] club were in FA Cup quarter finals and things like that. But turning up every week and there’s five thousand touching six thousand every week at this level is unheard of,” he said.

Tranmere almost made that step up back into the Football League last season finishing second behind league winners Lincoln City and beating Aldershot Town over two legs in the semi-final.

The Super Whites fell short in the play-off final, however, with Forest Green defeating Rovers 3 – 1 and Tollitt admits it isn’t a feeling he or anyone else that was there that day wants to experience again.

Ben Tollitt Injury agony

Injury agony: Tollitt’s only appearance of the season against Leyton Orient on his return from injury

“No one wants to feel like we felt at the end of last season after the play off final, travelling back up here was silent really.

“There was no atmosphere on the bus and things like that. We don’t want that, we want to get Tranmere back up to where they belong,” said the 22-year-old.

Despite the heartbreak of last season, the Liverpool-born wide man isn’t dwelling too much on it and intends to use it as motivation when he returns, with a hint of fate sprinkled in there.

“I think [it’s] not just motivation but a bit of fate as well. I think the last two teams that have lost the play offs at Wembley, the next season they’ve went up, so fate is on our side. But you can’t just rely on fate, obviously you’ve got to do it yourself.”

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