BEING from LIverpool, I grew up watching what was probably our opponents today Tranmere’s greatest period.

The team that John King and then John Aldridge built was a brilliant side.

People forget that they only missed out on being in the first-ever Premier League in the play-offs and were constantly in cup semi finals.

I have always had a soft spot for them after that and couldn’t be more pleased to see them back in the Football League and doing well.

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But all of that obviously goes out the window this afternoon.

We need to get back to winning ways in the league.

It was so disappointing to lose at Fleetwood last weekend and we have to put that right today.

We haven’t been playing badly, though, and I honestly believe that we are on the right track.

Someone said we haven’t had much luck yet, but I’m not having that.

We need to be a touch more clinical in front of goal, a little bit more ruthless at the back and in midfield and then the results will follow.

The only bit of bad luck we had this week was Jamie Hanson pulling his hamstring in the very last second of the game at Fleetwood.

To lose any player for three months is bad luck, but to do it with virtually the last kick of the game is gutting.

He was only just hobbling off while the rest of us were applauding our fans after the game.

Jamie is a tough lad and will come back strongly from this.

While we are talking about injured players it was good to see Malachi Napa around the training ground again as he begins his recovery from his broken leg.

The flip side of that unfortunate injury news is that we have Matty Taylor available again and he has looked sharp in training.

We will manage his workload because we have four games in the next 11 days including two long away journeys to Bolton and Lincoln.

Those matches can wait right now though.

All we are thinking about is today’s game.

If you are coming along then get behind us and help us get the three points on the board.

EVERYONE at the club is right behind young Fenton Tutty who had some good news this week when he got back to training with our under nine academy squad.

Fenton was diagnosed with leukaemia this summer and is an incredible young man.

I was moved on Friday when his mum came in to the training ground to collect some signed items.

Our players and staff are incredible.

Simon Eastwood donated gloves for their auction, Cameron Brannagan gave his match-worn boots, Ben Woodburn came back from training with the Wales squad with Gareth Bale’s shirt and former players like Chris Maguire and Curtis Nelson have donated shirts and boots too.

All for Fenton’s Fight.

Go and search for their page on Facebook or pop along to North Oxford Conservatve club after the game today to help raise funds for a fantastic cause that is so close to all our hearts.