Exclusive: Connor Jennings talks Tranmere’s Promotion Chances

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere Rovers Midfielder Connor Jennings admits its “vital” that the Super Whites take points off their promotion rivals during the final games of the season.

The run in for the National League has well and truly begun with just the nine games remaining for Rovers starting with an away trip to Boreham Wood on Saturday.

The Southern side are one of three promotion chasers Tranmere will face as they search to go up at the third time of asking.

Jennings has been an instrumental figure for Rovers this season with his consistent performances on the left of the midfield and is aware of how important these remaining games will be.

“There’s nine games left, they’re all massive for us.

“We need to win them all starting Saturday with another big away win and we can focus on the next game then.

“You need a bit of luck with other teams dropping points as well but I think the main thing is for us to focus on ourselves.

“We can’t really do much about other teams dropping points or anything. We need to focus game by game and get the three points,” he said.

Connor Jennings vs Guiseley

Jennings celebrates scoring against Guiseley during his rich run of form which saw him score seven goals in five games over the Christmas period.

Away form has proved to be a thorn in the side of Tranmere all season with the Super White unable to string any sort of wins together whilst on their travels.

However the last two matches has seen Rovers win away from home, both in dramatically different circumstances.

A late comeback against Maidstone United and a demolition job of Dagenham & Redbridge has seen Tranmere pick up six points from six.

Home form has been fantastic all season and Jennings has pin pointed when the away form fortunes turned around for the Wirral side.

“I think our home form is very good, it’s probably sometimes results damped our season a bit.

“But I think just before Christmas we picked up in the away form and we’ve come out with a few good away wins,” he said.

The last two fixtures has seen two debutants figure for Rovers in the form of Manny Monthe and Drissa Traore, both arriving from Forest Green.

Monthe has arrived on loan till the end of the season and while Traore’s deal is only till the end of the campaign as well, Tranmere can choose to sign the impressive midfielder on a longer deal should they want to.

Traore and Monthe

Drissa Traore [left] and Manny Monthe [right] have both made their debuts for Tranmere in the previous two matches.

Both players featured in the Forest Green side that beat Rovers in last year’s play-off final and have that promotion experience that Jennings hopes can help the Super Whites.

“Yeah they’ve been great, they’ve been great in training.

“You’ve seen what they’re capable of in the last two games or so. [They’re] good additions to the squad, good experience and hopefully they can help us get promoted,” he said.

Promotion is the ultimate goal for Tranmere who came agonisingly close last season but can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves.

They’ve had to pull their socks up to be in with a shout of going up especially after the poor start to the season which Jennings admits was below what was expected.

“Obviously, we started off pretty poorly, it wasn’t to the standards of Tranmere, we’re all aware of that, but we’ve switched it round sort of and we’re looking stronger,” he said.

And stronger they look. While from the outside looking in, catching Macclesfield at the top might seem improbable, but while it is still possible, Jennings believes they have to keep going and see what happens.

“Mathematically we can still win it, you’ve got to think like that. It’s not done till like I said it’s [not possible] mathematically.

“We’re going to keep going, we need to get another big win Saturday and go to the next game,” he said.


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