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SAM LAVELLE | We Need To Be At Our Best On Saturday

29 January 2021

Sam Lavelle is expecting a tough match against in-form Tranmere Rovers at the weekend.

Keith Hill’s side have won three of their last five games and currently sit in eighth place, level on points with seventh and three points behind the Shrimps in third.

The teams last met in October where an Adam Phillips penalty was enough to secure all three points for the reds, and captain Lavelle is expecting a much sterner test this time round.

“It’ll be a different game from when we played them away from home,” he said.

“I think they were in a bit of a bad spell then so we’re expecting a really tough game, especially with the form they’re in and the attacking presence they’ve got.”

Derek Adams’ men have kept two successive clean sheets for the first time this season, an achievement which saw Lavelle named in Sky Bet League Two’s team of the week, and the skipper believes the run of form is down to a strong team effort.

Lavelle said: “We’re defensively very solid, we’re good at holding shape and then the players we’ve got going forward and the form they’re in is right up there at the top of the table.

“This is my fourth season now [at Morecambe] and this is really the first time where we actually believe we’re going to win every single game.”

Saturday’s fixture at the Mazuma Stadium sees Rovers’ manager Hill return to the club where he ended his playing career in 2003, and Lavelle is making sure his side won’t overlook the Merseyside outfit.

“I’m personally expecting a tough game and as a team, we’re going to have it hard on Saturday, so we need to be at our best,” he added.

Match passes are available for the Sky Bet League Two fixture, enabling Shrimps fans to watch the action live.

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