By Brian Jeeves
CHELMSFORD City manager, Rod Stringer, insisted his side he won’t be changing anything ahead of Wednesday evening’s Buildbase FA Trophy third round replay with Tranmere Rovers at the Melbourne Stadium.
The Clarets played produced a stunning performance at Prenton Park in the initial tie. Speaking ahead of what promises to be another mouthwatering encounter, Stringer said: “We’ll approach the game pretty much the same as we did on Saturday to be honest. It’ll be another difficult shift for the boys because we know that Tranmere want to do well in this competition. It’s also a home draw awaiting the winners. Im sure they will relish that so we’ll be asking the boys to go again and give us everything they’ve got. Hopefully that will be enough to get us a positive result.
“I’m hoping that we can take advantage of being the home side. They won’t have played at too many places like the Melbourne Stadium. I know that Tranmere will have played a league fixture at Gateshead, but some clubs find places with a running track an issue. It will be a totally different set of surroundings for them.
“We are mindful that they will come at us strongly, and it will be a tough encounter. However, come kick-off it is still eleven versus eleven.”
Despite the Clarets more than matching their higher ranked opponents, Stringer insisted that he didn’t notice any deficiencies in the Rovers line-up: “I didn’t particularly see any weaknesses in the Tranmere side, I just thought we played particularly well, he added. “We had a big say in the game, they they are clearly a good side and we will have to play well if we want to progress and play Barrow.
“I need everybody to be ‘at it’ on the night. I know that if we don’t perform well, Tranmere are good enough to hurt us.”
Nevertheless, the Clarets chief pointed out that they wanted to experience these type of fixtures on a more regular basis, saying: “Absolutely, we said on Saturday that this is where we want to be week in, week out. We’ve had a taster and now we want to be involved in these kind of matches all the time.”
Stringer again called upon the local football fraternity to back his charges both vocally and in large numbers: “We really need the supporters and local football followers to turn out and give us their support. Hopefully, the people of Chelmsford will pack the place out and be nice and vocal.
“We took a good following to Prenton Park even though it was a difficult, expensive trip. We fully understand that not everyone could travel, but now we are at home they have a chance to see us in a huge game against a really good side.”