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20 January 2019

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Richie Wellens praised his side’s resilience as they left Prenton Park with all three points following a 2-1 victory over Tranmere.

Goals from Marc Richards and Michael Doughty gave the Robins the lead before a good finish from James Norwood for Rovers, early in the second half, meant 40 minutes of dogged work from the visitors.

Wellens said there wasn’t much his side could do about the goal, and was pleased with how they limited their Wirral-based counterparts to half chances.

“They had nothing to lose – at times they had four up front and that’s difficult to defend against. In the end I thought we saw the game out well.

“I can’t remember them having too many chances – their goal came, not out of the blue because there was a bit of pressure, but it’s a difficult chance and sometimes you have to take your hat off. It’s a great pass and it’s hard for us to defend – it’s a great finish.

“That’s what we’ve worked on – at Northampton and Mansfield we didn’t quite have the finishing touch. We get it from our starting positions and our starting positions are good. Doughty’s finish is a good one.

“I felt a bit sorry for Doughts in the second half – first half, he had a massive impact. Second half, things were tough for him and that’s why I took him off. It would have been nice if we could have got a third goal but that final 20 minute was about keeping it at 2-1.”

Despite a run of three games unbeaten, Wellens refused to get ahead of himself with regard to talk of the play-offs.

“I’m not even looking towards the play-offs – I’m just looking at people we can build a team round, hence the two signings this week. I want a settled majority of the team and if the play-offs come, the play-offs come.

“We’re not getting too ahead of ourselves because it’s a tough league and we’re still a work in progress. It’s about building, going forward.”

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