By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Scott Davies believes Rovers’ inadvertent winter break will be a benefit to the team, both mentally and physically, as they look to continue their charge towards National League promotion.
Tranmere’s fixture against Gateshead was postponed last week due to a snowstorm that swept the nation, and it gave the Super Whites an opportunity to take a break from a gruelling league campaign that has seen them position themselves into the promotion mix with just a few games to go.
Davies believes the break will benefitted the team though, despite them coming into it off the back of a smash and grab victory over Maidstone a fortnight ago.
He said: “People have spoken about the winter break and I think sometimes it’s not so much physically but mentally it’s nice to get away for a bit for a couple of days.
“You see the same faces every day so it was nice to have a little weekend and get back to work on Monday.
“Everyone was ready to go so we’re ready for the weekend.”
Rovers’ training schedule was disrupted once more on Thursday morning though, as the snow fell again at Solar Campus, but Davies was again quick to point out the positives that have come out of the break.
He said: “It was quite eventful this morning, but it’s one of those things.
“We’ve got to get out there and get on with it and thankfully it’s thawed out now.
“We got a good bit of work in and had a laugh along the way.”
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Rovers have lost just nine games this season, the sixth fewest in the division, and Davies spoke about his side’s ability to bounce back after losses, specifically the crushing 4-1 defeat to Macclesfield just over two weeks ago, that has them sitting in the play-off places with just ten games to go.
He said: “You’ve got to back up defeats with wins but I think it was more the manner of the defeat to Macclesfield that we’re disappointed with.
“It’s not just for the people watching, we let ourselves down.
“The following game was always going to be about character and we showed we’ve got character in the dressing room and hopefully that’ll take us where we need to get to.”
Over the past few weeks, Micky Mellon has acted quickly to add promotion-calibre players to his playing staff, signing Manny Monthe (loan) and Drissa Traore (deal until the end of the season) from Forest Green Rovers, both of whom won promotion with the League Two side in the Play-Off Final last year against Tranmere, but Davies says there’s no animosity for the former Forest Green players.
He said: “They’ve come in and settled in great and they’re both good players.
“If you look through the team now there’s a lot of promotion winning players.
“With ten games to go I think that’s where you always see the best of people and the worst of people so we’ll see.”