By Joel Lampkin
Tranmere Rovers secured their first win of the calendar year and it is one that Liam Ridehalgh believes signals a message of intent to his sides promotion rivals.
The Super Whites managed to hold on to a 1-0 win away at Woking even factoring in an early loss to captain Steve McNulty through injury and a late sending off for striker Andy Cook.
Ridehalgh took the place of the veteran defender in his third successive game of the 2018 calendar year with the 26-year-old claiming the victory was the most important thing as Tranmere look to continue climbing the National League table.
He said: “We are disappointed in the first place to lose Steve, it was a nasty tackle, I come alongside the centre half, and I think I did okay, the main thing is that we got the win.
“That is all we can keep doing and keep winning and let them know that we are on their tail and hopefully we will keep on doing that.”
With Tranmere playing much better football recently despite their poor form, Ridehalgh believes it was going back to the simple stuff that has helped turn his sides fortunes around.
Now sitting in fifth place and just eight points off top spot, the defender remains keen to continue pushing for that automatic promotion.
He said: “I don’t think we had the best of starts to the season, then we got back to basics, we know how to win so hopefully we will keep on winning.”
“We are pushing for the top spot, we all want the top spot, we aren’t going to give in until we can do that .
On the substitute’s performance Micky Mellon singled out the attitude of Ridehalgh who has often found himself on the bench this season.
The manager said it was a great showing from the substitute who set an example to the rest of the squad who are still waiting on their opportunity.
Mellon said: “We speak all the time about people being ready in between the games that they have not taken part in, it is really important that if we are going to do anything, the lads who have not taken part have to do their training, keep focussed, put aside their disappointment.
“Come in and perform like Liam Ridehalgh did, a really top performance who showed what a great teammate he is.”