By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jay Harris is refusing to give up on the National League title despite falling further behind league leaders Macclesfield with a 4-1 defeat to the Silkmen at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.
Two goals each for Danny Whitaker and Elliott Durrell for Macclesfield denied Rovers a chance to go just a point behind Town at the summit of the National League, but Harris is adamant it’s not over.
He said: “You can look at it however you want really.
“You can say we’ve been on a good run, but we’ve lost the game at the end of the day.
“We’ve lost three points but at the end of the day it’s three points and there’s another 33 to play for.
“Anyone saying it’s over shouldn’t be involved in it because teams have to play other teams, they may take points off them.
“There’s still eleven games to go, we just need to keep believing.
“Obviously after the game we were disappointed but from the first half and how we came out in the second half, that belief is still there.
“We are good players, we’ve got that belief, we’ve got players that can win you games so now we’ve got to go out on Saturday and get the win.
“I think you can see that over the previous three months, I think it’s been two defeats in however many.
“Would you have taken that back then? Yeah, I think you probably would have, it was just unfortunate that run ended at Macclesfield which was an important game so we’ve just got to go again on Saturday.”
Rovers haven’t lost back-to-back games all season, and Harris believes this is a testament to the character of the side.
He said: “We’ve never lost two games back-to-back so that’s where the character comes in.
“We’re going into the next game thinking: ‘that doesn’t happen again.’
“The gaffer has to put that right behind the scenes, tactics and things like that and get people back in check but players have to look at themselves too.
“We’ve got to just say now: ‘that was a one-off, that was uncharacteristic.’
“Whatever you want to call Tuesday night, however you want to dress it up, but Saturday we need a win.”