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Bell: Strikers need to be ruthless

Assistant hoping Reds can carry on from Bolton show

5 December 2019

Jimmy Bell says the two-week break has meant Stanley have a healthy squad and he can’t wait to see if they can replicate their Bolton show at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

The Reds last played two weeks ago with a 7-1 win over 10-man Bolton and go into Saturday’s game at Prenton Park full of confidence.

It’s a big game for both teams with Micky Mellon’s side two points behind 17th placed Stanley with a game in hand.

“With having two weeks off we do now look healthy,” said the Reds assistant manager. “Aji Alese picked up a slight groin injury with England Under 19s but is back and Jerome Opoku is back after returning to Fulham for treatment on an injury.

“Sean (McConville) and Phil (Edwards) have both recovered from knocks and are raring to go.

“We have had plenty of time to enjoy the Bolton performance and it was a fantastic performance.

“I think the difference between that and other games this season were our forwards were hungry, there was hunger and desire and they were more intense.

“When our strikers are in that vein of form anything can happen. We have been working with our strikers, trying to get them to realise that it’s about scoring goals and not taking three or four touches in the box.

“Goals win games and we went five-and-a-half games without a goal. We have created enough chances in every game we have played this season but not put them in the back of the net and that’s been our downfall.

“We were ruthless in front of goal against Bolton and we need to replicate that between now and the end of the season.”

Bell knows Tranmere, promoted last season at Wembley, will provide tough opponents for Stanley and the assistant says he can’t second guess their team.

“Part of my job is to analyse the opposition and I have analysed them to death. I try to get inside the opposition manager’s head but it’s tricky with Micky because he has rotated his squad, used different systems and personnel and changed formation.

“They have got a very good squad especially going forward and they have scored eight goals in their last two games. Our job is to keep their strikers quiet and reach the highs of Bolton going forward.”

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