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Michael: Hopefully the place will be rocking

13 December 2019

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Michael Appleton is relishing the return to home soil on Saturday as the Imps welcome Tranmere Rovers for the first home league game in over eight weeks.

City’s last home league fixture was a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town, but the last Saturday home league fixture was the thrilling 2-0 victory over former Premier League side, Sunderland.

The Imps and Tranmere have gone on similar pathways in recent seasons following relegation to the Non-League and quick-fire promotions in the EFL’s second tier.

Rovers’ double-promotion was spearheaded by striker James Norwood, who has since joined Ipswich Town, but Appleton still realises the threat of Micky Mellon’s side.

“They haven’t changed massively,” he said. 

“They have experience in the middle of the park and have pace up top. They have changed formation a couple of times to combat the opposition. 

“It will be a difficult game because they can pull a performance out the hat, and we have to make sure we are on the front and start as we did on Saturday and get the crucial first goal.”