ANDY HOLDSWORTH never forgets a defeat.
That’s why he’ll be just as eager to beat Tranmere tomorrow as he was to put one over on Leeds on Tuesday.
Fresh from their 1-0 derby triumph, sealed by Holdsworth’s 76th-minute header, Town undertake the second of three revenge missions at the Galpharm when Ronnie Moore brings his men along the M62.
Tranmere trounced Town 3-0 at Prenton Park back in October, the same month Walsall, Town’s visitors tomorrow week, put four without reply past Holdsworth and Co.
Both matches remain fresh in the memory of the 24-year-old, who with a visit to Luton to come on the final day a fortnight tomorrow, is determined to close out a frustrating campaign with four straight victories.
The red-hot atmosphere generated by a 16,413 crowd against Leeds meant getting geed up was never going to be a problem for Town, whose battling display provided the perfect statement after that miserable 4-0 setback at Elland Road in December.
Holdsworth is hoping the feel-good factor provided by the new-investment promise of chairman-elect Dean Hoyle, the cut-price centenary season-ticket offer and Tuesday’s thrilling victory will attract another five-figure gate against Tranmere, whose manager Moore watched the Leeds contest.
“There’s nothing like playing in front of big crowds, and hopefully, the Leeds game was a sign of things to come,” said the club academy product who after spending most of his time under Andy Ritchie in midfield, was at right wing-back for the third time in as many team selections made by caretaker manager Gerry Murphy, who has hoisted Town to 12th in League I.
“The fans came down in their numbers on Tuesday, and knowing what it means to them to win West Yorkshire derbies, it was great to put some smiles on faces.
“Hopefully a good number will be taking advantage of the season-ticket offer (£100 in the Antich and Fantastic Media Stands and from £125 to £175 in the Direct Golf UK Stand with various concessions).
“They can be like a 12th man, and they definitely got us pumped up on Tuesday.
“Having 15,000 or even more at every home game next season would be a major bonus and help us make the Galpharm a difficult place for other sides to come to.”
Leeds certainly won’t have enjoyed their evening, and Holdsworth – who having played 43 times without scoring from the start of the season, has now notched three goals in five appearances – is determined to inflict further punishment on Tranmere, adding: “It was great to get the goal, but the main thing is always the result.
“Tranmere’s play-off challenge has tailed off (they aim to avoid a third successive defeat tomorrow), but they’re a well-organised side who like to play football, and like ourselves, they will want to put down a marker for next season by finishing this one well.
“It will be a big test for us, but as we keep saying, the imminent arrival of a new manager means every player has a reason to perform, and we want those three points.”