This Saturday marks Tranmere’s first away game in League 1 since Leyton Orient in April 2014. Rovers will be looking to avoid a heavy defeat against Pompey, a side who are heavily favoured to win promotion back to the Championship this season.
Our first opponents of the new season are fellow North Western side, Rochdale. Dale survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season and will be hoping to make a swift exit from any potential relegation dogfight.
We stand now battle-worn with our eyes fully open. We know what lies beneath and the cost of escape. We've seen the lowest ebb and the most exquisite relief. But the job is not yet complete.
The scramble to win the playoffs certainly imitates the vicious competitive nature of the crab bucket as teams spend all their energy fighting to escape the clutches of both the fisherman and their captive brethren... but I think the lesson to be learned here is that of the solitary crab.
I believe the final days of this season will prove to be Tranmere Rovers' black swan in the years to come. We will look back on this week and say it was meant to be. Because we're Tranmere Rovers, and we're on our way back to where we belong.
From start to finish the SWA backed the lads impeccably, once again. An astounding crowd of 9468 (170 away) rolled into PP today, it’s a shame that we couldn’t get the result we wanted.