By Joel Lampkin
Tranmere Rovers managed to secure a record NINTH successive home win in the National League a feat not bettered by any manager in their history – but how did they do it?
The three points sees Micky Mellon’s men advance into second place in the domestic standings with valuable momentum gained ahead of another fixture against first placed Macclesfield this Tuesday.
For the most part it was not a vintage display, and much of the victory was down to the sheer fight, grit and determination that the players shown on the pitch, but some statistics were way below the norm.
With the League title still very much in their sights, a win at any cost is more important than ever, but how did Rovers bag their 1-0 win over stiff opposition Bromley?
The most crucial stat of them all, is that Connor Jennings got himself into the right position at the right time, an inch perfect cross from Buxton slid under David Gregory and the midfielder tapped home to open the scoring.
Tranmere could only add one goal to their tally against Bromley. but, could boast the majority of chances, with a significant number falling to James Norwood. The striker is Rover’ top scorer this season but his lack of finishing meant the scoreline remained tight.
Something that has become more of a comedic aspect rather than a tactical advantage but the timings that the ball went over the stadium provided valuable breathing space for Rovers as their constant pressing brought on fatigue.
Tranmere are no Barcelona and their overall completed passes prove that statement. With just 187 successful over the 90’s minutes, Rovers really struggled to get play moving at certain times, but as noted by Micky Mellon – some of this can be blamed on the poor condition of the pitch. However, the impressive pressing of the Bromley front line often forced the Super White defence to go long, something that went against the Style of the North West outfit who start attack from defence. However it must be an issue addressed with passing stat so negative, for a team so highly regarded.