Tranmere striker Akins says Parry helped him break duck

Lucas Akins
Akins signed for Rovers in August 2010 from Hamilton Academical

Tranmere Rovers striker Lucas Akins has revealed that it was a pep talk from manager Les Parry which inspired him to end his barren run in front of goal.

Akins scored for the first time this season in Tuesday night's 2-1 home defeat to Carlisle United.

"The gaffer had a word with me and I've tried to respond," the 22-year-old told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"It's just a case of having that self belief and confidence and blocking everything out around you."

Rovers' 2-1 reverse against Carlisle was their second defeat in succession, following a relatively positive start to the season in League One.

But Akins, who is now in his second season following his move from Hamilton Academical, is keen to help the team bounce back as quickly as possible against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

"I'd rather the team be doing better and sacrifice my personal self if I'm being honest.

"It is gone now, it's in the past so we've got to move on.

"There are people in the changing room trying to get the lads up. We know Wycombe is a must-win game."