Town head to Tranmere looking to secure first league double of the season
Town head to Tranmere on Saturday looking to secure their first league double of the season. Town, who are unbeaten in three, head to Prenton Park in confident mood, knowing that three points could see them end the day top of the table.
Since the dressing room lock-in at Lincoln, where a few things were ironed out between the staff and players, Town have been a totally different side. Lambert has only made one change in three league outings, that being a forced one too, picking up five points out of nine. The performances have been just as pleasing as the results, with Town showing they can go away from home and shut up shop while blowing opposition away with free-flowing football at Portman Road.
The fixture on Saturday thought could be somewhere in the middle. While the playing surface might resemble areas more prone to a beach, Town will perhaps be able play a bit more football than they did at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday.
Paul Lambert has already hinted that there will not be many changes to the side which drew at Oxford during the week. Will Norris will remain in goal after keeping a clean sheet in tricky conditions at the Kassam.
Luke Woolfenden, Luke Chambers and James Wilson will start as the three man defence, with Luke Garbutt and Gwion Edwards in the full-back roles. Edwards is now only one yellow card away from a two game ban.
Emyr Huws, Flynn Downes and Alan Judge appear set to continue in midfield. Although Cole Skuse, Jon Nolan or Andre Dozzell could come into the fold should Lambert want some fresh legs.
The only change is likely to come in attack, with Kayden Jackson fit again after missing the Oxford game due to a hamstring injury, to partner former Tranmere striker James Norwood.
The teams last met at Portman Road in September when the Blues beat Rovers 4-1 via goals from Garbutt, Jackson, Nolan and Kane Vincent-Young.
Historically, Town have won eight, drawn three and lost six against Tranmere.
Man in the Middle
Saturday’s referee is John Busby, who has shown 101 yellow cards and five red in 26 games so far this season.
Busby was in charge of the Blues’ 2-0 defeat to Rotherham at Portman Road in October, his only Town match, when he booked Edwards and three Rotherham players.