TRANMERE Rovers' FA cup third round tie with Derby County this weekend will be a welcome break from the club's League One campaign, says manager Ronnie Moore.

Top of the table Rovers make their first ever trip to Pride Park on Saturday to take on the side currently in tenth place in the Championship.

Moore believes the game will gives his players a chance to play without any pressure. In a statement on the club's website, he said: "We'll go there and enjoy it and hopefully do ourselves proud.

"We're not expected to win but we might go there and get a draw or get a win. You just don't know in football what can happen.

"It's a fantastic stadium and the lads deserve a little break from the pressures of the league."

Midfielder Andy Robinson earned Rovers their third win in a row on New Year's Day following a 1-0 defeat of Bury at Gigg Lane.

After having a first half penalty saved, he scored the only goal of the game after half time to take the Club to 50 points.

It was Rovers' third win since Christmas Day. They beat Crewe 2-1 at Prenton Park on Boxing Day and Scunthorpe 1-0, also on home turf, on Saturday.

Their League One campaign resumes a week on Saturday, January 12, taking on Crawley Town at Prenton Park, 3pm.

On his squad's performance so far this season, Moore continued: "Everyone lifts themselves that 20% when you're top of the league and it's harder. Sometimes you're better off sat in second spot.

"We've got a big month and if we're still in and around the top six at the end of January the realistic opportunity will be there.

"They'll not come much harder than the games coming up. We've got the enjoyable cup game then they come thick and fast with Crawley, Coventry, Brentford and Swindon. They're all tasty games and they're the ones you want to play in.

"I think we're a match for anybody if we can keep the tempo of the game."