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"It has come at a good time" - James Gibbons welcomes Tranmere Rovers clash

18 February 2019

Having tasted defeat at the weekend, James Gibbons insists Tuesday night's league game against Tranmere is the perfect opportunity to put things right following Saturday's loss.

Vale were somehow overcome by the Shrimps on Saturday afternoon as Morecambe inflicted a first home loss for the new gaffer, though there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

18 attempts on goal to Morecambe's 7 proved a huge improvement on recent weeks as the Valiants dominated the proceedings from start to finish.

However, with just their third attempt on target, the visitors took the lead through Aaron Collins' as the debutant tapped in from close-range to effectively win the game for the travelling Shrimps.

With Tranmere just around the corner, Gibbons believes the league clash has come at a 'good time'.

He said: "It's a massive game, but for us, it's come at a good time because whenever you lose a game of football it's always good to go straight into a game.

"We've had a bit of preperation today and hopefully we can get something from the game tomorrow.

"Any fan is going to be concerned when you're not picking up results, but like I said, you can't keep saying 'we're playing well, we're doing this, we're doing that', you can't afford to keep saying that.

"All we've got to do is pick up results on the pitch and at the end of the day, that's what is going to make the fans happy."

The full-back has been happy with his own personal form having impressed in his last few outtings.

A man of the match performance against Morecambe, on top of a number of resolute defensive performances have helped the young defender nail down a place in John Askey's system.

Having now played at both right-back and right wing-back over the course of the season, Gibbo has admitted he is enjoying the attacking side of the wing-back role.

He said: "I needed a good run in the team; three or four games now. Over the last two/three games I've started to show what I can do and what I was doing when I had a good run in the team last time.

"Wing-back gives you more of a license because you're expected to be the outlet when going forward, and I think on Saturday, Mitch and I did that well.  

"They gave us the space so it was one of those games where wing-backs worked for us, so hopefully we can carry on doing that."


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