TRANMERE Rovers make the trip to Valley Parade to face Bradford City on Good Friday Looking to get back to winning ways.

Following a disappointing home defeat to Crawley Town last weekend, Nigel Adkins’ side will be hoping to make it consecutive away victories against a side who sit two places below Rovers in the league table on the same points tally.

Despite the Crawley loss, Adkins said he saw plenty to be pleased about in the performance.

He said: "We played some exceptional football but obviously we got off to a bad start and when we looked at the two goals they were both avoidable but were both from honest situations where the lads were trying to affect the game. 

"In hindsight it was a good opportunity to look at the things we did well - we put in 26 crosses during the game - you learn by failure and it gives us the opportunity to learn. Feedback gives you knowledge and knowledge gives you power."

On paper the game against Bradford looks like a meaningless end of season clash between two mid-table teams but Adkins is looking forward to meeting a manager he rates. 

He said: "Easter can dictate whether teams are promoted or relegated but we're just going to approach it as we always do - it's the next game," said Adkins. 

"We had a great victory against Bradford earlier on in the season but they are a good side with a good manager in Graham Alexander - he was harshly treated when he lost his job at Scunthorpe - it will be a tough game because they have some good players including an ex Tranmere player in Andy Cook who is instrumental in the way they play.

"The pitch could also play a part in how the game is played because we've had a lot of rain and their pitch is struggling at the moment."

Tom Davies has missed Rovers’ last few games but trained this week, and knocks suffered by Connor Wood and Brad Walker in the Crawley game are being monitored, but despite these injury issues Adkins has been boosted by the return to form of Luke Norris who has scored two goals in the last two games. 

"Luke is doing really well," said Adkins. "He's getting stronger and fitter and is linking up really well with the team. I thought he and and Connor Jennings linked up really well in the last game - we get the ball up to the centre forward and retain the ball more than any other team since November in all four divisions.

"We find our centre forward, retain it and build on it and we get into the right areas of the pitch.

"All the players enjoy being in each other's company - they work hard, they work smartly and they want to improve. There are smiles on faces and that is the way I want it."