TRANMERE Rovers return to League Two action this weekend with an away game against Crewe Alexandra.

Micky Mellon's fourth-placed side head to Gresty Road off the back of a 3-3 draw against Oxford City at Prenton Park in the FA Cup last Saturday and face a replay this Tuesday, with a second-round tie with Southport at stake.

Crewe are 18th on the table and will hope to secure their second victory over Rovers this season following their Checkatrade Trophy win at Prenton Park.

Assessing this weekend's opponents during a press conference at Rovers’ Solar Campus training ground in Leasowe, Mellon told the Globe: "We're new to the league so they will be a real threat.

"We have to be at our best, with an without the ball, and try to be good at everything that comes our way, it's simple as that.

"We try to be the very best we can be with whatever the game throws at us.

"We'll cause them problems with whatever strengths we have and keep going."

On preparations for the game after last weekend’s draw, he continued: "We don't have to put anything right; they know what they have to do.

"They've just got on with it, training hard all week, doing what they always do, keeping the habits right.

"We come away from every game wanting to get better and take lessons from every day we train and every game we play.

"I'm honestly not even thinking about the replay. Our focus is entirely on the next game, Crewe.

"We’re pleased to have everybody ready for selection now, which is nice, particularly as we have a run of Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday games."

On his squad’s performance so far this season, he said: "We've got to keep reminding ourselves that we are 17 games into a league that we haven’t played in for four years.

"We have to keep reminding ourselves of that, tread carefully and keep working very, very hard to stay competitive.

"We can't take it for granted that we can play anyone in this league; we have to keep our feet to the floor and keep performing very, very well.

"Every game we play will be a huge challenge and we have to do everything we can to put something into it."

Praising the fans, he said: "We never take that support for granted, they are very vocal, get right behind us and we do our best to represent them properly.

"We very much appreciate their support on Saturday.

"It's a real positive benefit to us."