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Next Up: Sutton United (H)
By Joe Torpey
August 11 2017

A look ahead to Rovers' first Saturday home game of the season which will see the visit of Sutton United to Prenton Park tomorrow....

 

 

 

 

 

 

One swallow doesn't make a summer and one home victory certainly doesn't win us the league, but it was a very good start to the campaign at Prenton Park on Tuesday evening. 

Relief was the dominant emotion when the information superhighway finally connected with the Irish countryside and shared the 3-1 scoreline.  But a closer analysis of the game against Woking quickly replaced relief with (quiet) confidence.  Andy Cook reminded everyone of his skills in front of goal while Oliver Norburn showed what a good acquisition he is to the midfield unit with some sublime touches and a devastating shot. 

Meanwhile on Tuesday evening, Sutton were going down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Eastleigh which kind of blotted their copy book after an encouraging opening day win (2-0) against Leyton Orient.  A good first half against Eastleigh only lacked a goal and Paul Doswell's men were left to rue the chances they didn't take, Craig Eastmond having the best of these. 

At 7-/1 shots for promotion this year, Sutton are going to provide a good test on Saturday.  Match odds still have a home victory as an odds on chance (4/7) with the three points heading back to London at a fairly long 19/4 price.  But Sutton are a strong side and Doswell is no mug so Rovers will have to be on good form to come out on top.

The average age of their squad is an experienced 28 and even though they will clearly miss the quality of Roarie Deacon (now at Dundee), Sutton will still be physical, organised and well motivated. 

The big selection decisions will probably be taken by the home manager as Mickey Mellon's needs to decide if Steve McNulty comes straight back in after suspension.  The still suspended James Norwood will have to sit out and watch with the rest of us how the manager shuffles his attacking options. 

Last season saw Sutton come back from the dead at Prenton Park, forcing an unlikely hero (Michael Ihiekwe), to slam in a winner during time added on.  A much less tense affair is in order on Saturday if the title winning juggernaut is to continue to gain momentum.