Doncaster Rovers: Ronnie wants Moore spark in front of goal

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore
Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore

RONNIE Moore is frantically rubbing two sticks together in hopes of reigniting Tranmere’s faltering promotion bid.

Moore admits his side have lost their spark and fears there may not be enough time left for them to rediscover their mojo.

Tranmere led League One after all but four of their first 31 matches this season but have slumped ever since.

And a double defeat over the Easter weekend to Sheffield United and Portsmouth saw the one-time runaway leaders topple out of the play off places.

“The spark has definitely gone out of us and there are not many opportunities for us to find what is missing,” Moore said.

“We’ve got to stay optimistic and keep going.

“We’re gutted to be seventh and we’ve got to make sure we get into those play-offs.

“Maybe being out of the top six will get the lads going.

“There are four games to go and we need at least two wins.

“The players know they’ve been on an awful run and it’s a difficult time.

“But the message is roll your sleeves up and get on with it.”

Moore’s biggest worry is the lack of goals from his side.

Other than a 3-0 win over Stevenage three weeks ago, Tranmere have scored just three goals in the last eight games.

And they failed to find the net over Easter, losing both games 1-0.

Moore said: “We’ve had enough opportunities and enough of the ball but we’re taking far too long in front of goal - that’s the disappointing thing.

“We’ve got into the right areas and not punished sides. When you get to the final third you just can’t huff and puff, you have to be clinical.

“Other teams have taken their chances and we haven’t. We were looking at six points over Easter and we ended up with nothing.”

Moore hopes to welcome back veteran winger Andy Robinson who has been out with a hamstring injury since February.