Updated: High anxiety at Prenton Park as Rovers prepare for relegation battle

Wirral Globe: John McMahon gives instructions from the touchline during Tranmere's recent home game against Sheffield United. Picture: Paul Heaps John McMahon gives instructions from the touchline during Tranmere's recent home game against Sheffield United. Picture: Paul Heaps

TRANMERE Rovers' fight for League One survival ends with their most important game in 20 years this afternoon - against Bradford City at Prenton Park.

Rovers, who last played in the fourth tier in 1988-1989, will be relegated if they lose.

They are relying on slip-ups by fellow strugglers Crewe or Notts County to retain League One status.

Caretaker manager John McMahon said: "We're aware of the scenarios. We can't win the game in the first 20 or 30 minutes, but we can lose it.

"We need to play with our heads and stick to the plan we've put in place.

"There will be a good atmosphere, both excitement and nerves, from the fans and staff.

"It's going to be an anxious time, an exciting time and a nervous time. Hopefully come 5 o'clock it will be a joyous time as well.

"It's important for me to be aware of scores elsewhere.

"It should have a bearing on what I'm likely to do with any substitutions or tactical implications.

"A point might do us, but we can't go out thinking that because more often than not, it jumps up and bites you on the backside.

"We need to be positive and go for the three points and if we give everything we've got, which I'm sure the lads will, hopefully we'll come out with rewards.

"We've got 100% focus on the job in hand here and just hope the football gods are looking down on us on Saturday and at 5 o'clock we're in League One."

McMahon will leave it until the last minute to assess the fitness of Jason Koumas for the club's final game of the season.

The midfielder missed the Leyton Orient match with a toe injury but could return for the Bradford fixture.

Jason Mooney is on standby to play in goal if Owain Fon Williams fails to recover from the groin injury he picked up against Orient, while James Wallace definitely misses out with a groin injury.

Rovers go into the game in 21st place in the division, needing the combination of at least a point and results elsewhere going in the Club's favour to avoid relegation.

A win combined with either a draw or defeat for Crewe, or a Notts County defeat would keep Tranmere in League One.

If Rovers draw, a defeat for Crewe would also keep the club in the same division.

Bradford come to Prenton Park in 13th place in the league with an away record of five wins, eight draws and nine defeats.

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