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League Two Play-Offs: What the managers had to say ahead of the second legs

20 May 2021

Newport County and Morecambe both take leads into the League Two Play-Off Semi-Final second legs, as they take on Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers respectively this weekend, looking to book their place at Wembley. Here’s what the managers had two say ahead of the second legs…

Jimmy Ball - Forest Green Rovers 

"Fair play to them, they came after us. We hit the bar and their keeper made a great save in the second half, but that's football - fine margins. Two-nil can be a daunting place to be as well, so we'll lick our wounds and we'll be okay.

"I think it's still all about us and we need to do things a little bit better than we did [in the first leg]. The quality wasn't there and we got out-run and out-fought, which I don't like, but they're a good side who deserve respect. We'll bounce back, we're resilient, and the next game is now do or die. Hopefully we get on the front foot early.

"The next goal is huge and if we can get it, it'll be a very interesting game."

Michael Flynn - Newport County

"I thought we were excellent and my only gripe is that we didn't kill the tie off [in the first leg]. They're a very good team so I'm not getting carried away - we saw what happened last season, anything can happen.

"The second goal gives us a little bit of a cushion but I'd have liked - and thought we deserved - more. I will not be letting these players think this is done because Forest Green are dangerous, so we'll have to be at our best to get through to Wembley."


Derek Adams - Morecambe

"We obviously knew how Tranmere were going to play [in the first leg] and the fans were always going to give them a boost but we dealt with it. We scored two very good goals and could have had more, but over the night I'm delighted with the players.

"It was important to score first because it's never easy here. The players showed grit and determination. It was a good away performance for us.

"It's an advantage being 2-1 up, we did a very good job but still have 90 minutes to play and we know that."

Ian Dawes - Tranmere Rovers

"It's a tough one to take, we conceded two poor goals which is disappointing, but we were very good in the first half [of the first leg] and wanted to step it up. They're there to slow you down and they did that well, but we need to make sure we learn from that.

"We know their biggest strength is your biggest strength. Your biggest strength is having the ball and attacking and they'll look to counter, but we have to go into the second leg with confidence. The players haven't got their heads down, they have belief that they can win the tie.

"There are a couple of things we need to tweak and we'll be more than prepared for Sunday. We know it will be tough but we'll be ready."


You can follow further build-up, as well as updates on the second legs, via @SkyBetLeagueTwo on Twitter. 

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