ECHOSPORT talks to Tranmere Rovers fan Sam Naylor ahead of tomorrow’s game at Roots Hall.

What have you made of the season so far?

“It has definitely been a struggle for us. We have carried many of the players up from League Two and in some games the difference in quality has been clear.

"However, often our games consist of two different halves. The first half is often dull and very lethargic but in the second half we have come out the blocks fast and played well.

"If we can replicate the second half performances in the first half of games we will begin to pick up more points for sure.”

Has there been much of a step up from League Two?

“The step up from League Two has been noticeable, specifically how much more clinical teams are in the division.

"The game is played at a much higher tempo and there is definitely less clear cut chances for us in games.

"This can be seen when a few of our key players in League Two have struggled to make an impact in a lot of games this season.”

What are the hopes for the rest of the season?

“To definitely try to avoid less defeats on the road as our away form has been extremely poor and less draws at home.

"I am confident we will stay up. Micky Mellon is a great manager who can get the best out of these players.”

Who would you say is the dangerman?

“The dangerman for us is undoubtedly Morgan Ferrier due to his speed and power.

"However, the role of Kieron Morris cannot go unnoticed. He has been instrumental in our wins this season and, in my opinion, he has been our best player this campaign.”

Will the players be distracted by the FA Cup replay with Watford?

“The Watford game on Tuesday will take all the headlines and attention but our fans and players know just how important the Southend game is.

"It really is vital for us to gain three points.”