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Ritchie wary of Rovers' goal threat
TRANMERE might not have been scoring many goals in recent weeks, but Matt Ritchie has urged his Swindon Town teammates to look out for their potential potency when Rovers arrive at the County Ground tonight.
The side from the Wirral came out of the blocks at a blistering pace in August, racking up 21 goals from their first eight league games to take the division by storm.
However, the Whites’ last six matches in all competitions have brought a return of just five, as their lead at the summit has been slowly whittled down.
However, Ritchie pointed out that, in Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson, Tranmere have two players in the top 10 goalscorers in League One. Another, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, still sits 12th in that chart despite having been sidelined with a broken foot since early October.
Ritchie expects an entertaining game under the floodlights, and he stressed that Swindon must deal with their visitors’ threat up front.
“They obviously had a good start and they’re a strong side,” he said. “They seem to be falling away just a little bit lately but I’m sure they’ll come here and attack.
“I’m sure it will be a tough game but a good one as well.
“Especially us as a team, we’ve been better against the better teams this season so it’s a good game for us. We can’ relax. We need to start how we did at Oldham and then carry that on through the whole game.
“I don’t know much about them to be honest but they’ve obviously got a good bunch of lads, they’ve got some quality up front, three of their players are in the top scorers chart, they’ll have threats and we’ll need to be aware of it.
“It’s an important game at an important time. It’s the halfway mark of the season and if we can be up within the top six at the halfway mark that gives us a good stepping stone for the rest of the season.
“I like night games, I like Tuesday night games, so hopefully it will be the same sort of vibe as that and we can enjoy it.”