Gary Brabin says that confidence remains high in the Tranmere Rovers camp going into Sunday’s local derby against Chester FC.

The manager said that with some players returning to contention, it can only help his side in the quest to reach the play-offs at the end of the season.

He said: “We’ve not given a points target to the players but we know ourselves that we need to take each game as it comes.

“We work hard Monday-Friday in preparation for games and there’s a real confidence and belief amongst the players. Every game we go into we are confident we can get three points.

“We’re going into the last few games with a strong squad with players coming back like Liam Hogan (knee injury) and Jonny Margetts (loan).

“It’s been good to get Michael (Higdon) up to speed with us. He’s not played much football of late. It would be nice for him to get a goal, it would do him the world of good with his confidence.”

Rovers dropped out of the play-off zone on Tuesday night with Wrexham and Gateshead leapfrogging after picking up points while Tranmere were not in league action.

Brabin says that they know what they need to do and they can’t look too closely at what other teams do because it’s out of their hands.

He added: “We weren’t getting carried away when we were in the top five and we’re not too despondent now that we’ve dropped down to 6th.

“It all changes game by game, I still believe it is in our own hands and I’m confident we’ll be in the play-off positions.”


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