Halifax 1-1 Tranmere: Harvey – Rovers should be doing better

Tranmere legend Jimmy Harvey admits it was a bit of an odd feeling coming up against the club he holds so close to his heart.

The ex-Rovers midfielder was instrumental in their rise up the Football League under Johnny King.

He has since carved out a successful career as a manager in the lower leagues, but never come up against his former employers.

Now though, as Halifax’s caretaker manager, he had to do battle with the Super Whites, and it was an occasion he enjoyed.

“It was really strange,” he said.

“But I’ve got to win myself a job here and focus on the team.

“We’re in the bottom four, so we’ve got to get some points wherever we can.

“So I had to try and blank the best part of it out.

“Then when the game starts, that’s it, you’re committed to the cause.

“Our boys put in a real good show. It’s a great result for him.

“They’ve got a point against a Tranmere side who are very strong.

“Okay, they’re not having the best of times or getting the results they’re wanting.

“But they’ve still got a real good squad of players.”

Some fans have long touted Harvey as a potential Tranmere manager.

Those calls might have mounted today had he masterminded a win over Rovers, given the pressure Gary Brabin is under.

And he gave his assessment of how his former club are doing.

“I think they played extremely well in the first half,” he added.

“They didn’t come out as strong in the second.

“For the best part of the second half, we were comfortable.

“So they’ve done okay, but I know that they’re not happy because they’re down the table.

“The squad should be doing better, an awful lot better than what they’re producing at the moment I would think.”


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