TRANMERE manager Nigel Adkins said he was hoping to find a "level of consistency" as Rovers look to continue their good form.

It has been a positive week for Adkins and his squad after a vital 3-0 league win over Forest Green was followed by a 0-0 draw with Wigan in the EFL Trophy which despite ending in a penalty shoot out saw Rovers put in a strong performance.

Saturday seems Rovers travel to bottom side Sutton knowing another clean sheet would go a long way to securing a first away win of the season.

"Forest Green was a really good performance with three good goals and a clean sheet and that's what we're striving for," said Adkins.

"There's a good, vibrant atmosphere about the place and players thrive off confidence. We always talk about momentum and we have a positive momentum going again now so can we carry that on going into this next very challenging fixture?

“Being a previous goalkeeper myself, I always want to keep clean sheets.

"Defence wins championships, they say, but goals win games. So, there’s a balance on that one.

"Joe Murphy coming in against Wigan did ever so well. Luke McGee kept a clean sheet in the previous game against Forest Green and what a good game he had as well. Some exceptional saves and a real fan favourite, which is good to see.

"We had a good shape. From that, we transitioned to play some good attacking football.” 

Not much separates the two sides and Rovers head into the weekend sitting outside of the relegation zone on goal difference only, with just two points between them and Sutton.

“It’s another tough game," said Adkins. "The stats will indicate that they’re number one for directness in their play. They’re a big side, so we know set pieces will be a threat. We know we’ve got to defend well. Likewise, when we’ve got the football, we have to be very efficient on how we use it. 

“At the end of the season, the league table won’t lie. We’re at a stage at the moment where our focus is just on the next game.

"We're making sure we get the behaviours right through the course of the week to give ourselves the best opportunity to plan and prepare as best we can to go into a game and give our best.” 

One downside to the week was the serious injury suffered by striker Luke Norris against Wigan. 

“It’s a real shame for Luke," added Adkins. "He’s worked hard to get himself into contention.

"I would suggest he’s going to be out for several weeks. He’s had a couple of scans which have been inconclusive. He’s going to have further investigation. We’re going to make sure we get the correct diagnosis and treatment programme. 

“Joe Starbuck has an ankle injury. Paul Lewis has a hamstring injury, he’ll be out for a few more weeks yet. Josh Hawkes picked up a thigh injury against Doncaster. He’s tried to come back, but it’s not worked out for him. He’s out of the equation at the moment. One or two players have little niggles. Chris Merrie missed the weekend’s game. Lee O’Connor and Brad Walker came off.”