Tranmere Rovers’ Liam Ridehalgh couldn’t have been expecting to have come on as early as he did on Saturday afternoon at Woking.

The defender, who has recently missed out a long period through injury, was named among the substitutes by Micky Mellon, only to be called upon after a knock picked up by Stephen McNulty in the very first passage of play. More naturally a full-back, Ridehalgh came on in the centre of the defence and the former Huddersfield Town man said he was pleased with how he and the team handled things.

“It was disappointing in the first place to lose Macca (Stephen McNulty). It was a nasty tackle.

“I came on at left-sided centre back and thought I did OK. The main thing, though, is that we got the win.

“I wouldn’t say I am 100% sharp just yet, it does take a few games, especially after a seven-week layoff, but I’m getting there and was happy with how I played on Saturday, and how the team performed.”

Victory at the Kingfield Stadium lifted Micky Mellon’s side up to fifth in the National League standings and reduced the gap to league leaders Macclesfield Town to eight points. Ridehalgh says that all Rovers can do is keep trying to put pressure on the teams above with victories as they continue to push for that automatic promotion spot.

“Every game is massive now, so the three points from this game is huge. We’re in January, and from here on going to the end of April (end of the season), every win is going to be very important.

“All that we can do is keep winning and let the teams above us know that we’re on their tails, so hopefully we’ll keep doing that. We’re pushing for the top spot, that’s what we all want.

“We won’t give in until we’ve got that.”

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