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Post-Match Micky Mellon (Ebbsfleet Play-Offs)

5 May 2018

Manager gives his reaction after 4-2 win after extra time

Manager Micky Mellon was pleased with his side's character to twice come from behind to finally defeat a brave Ebbsfleet United side 4-2 after extra time at Prenton Park in the play-off semi-final.

The new format of the play-offs saw a one-legged tie, which at 2-2 after 90 minutes, went to extra time before James Norwood and Larnell Cole sealed the victory for Rovers.

The manager said that a tight close game was to be expected in these types of scenarios, and he was pleased with how his players battled to get the desired result and a place at Wembley to contest the Promotion Final next Saturday afternoon.

He said: "Play-off games are big cup ties with an awful lot at stake so you know it will be very tight and tense.

"I don't think we disappointed on that front! It was a terrific game for everybody who came, the two teams contested it very well and we're just pleased we've come out on the right side with some terrific goals.

"We're disappointed with their second goal, but the boys showed their character and their grit and determination.

"Where weaker people would have gone under, we kept trying to play our football and kept believing and we got our rewards in the end."

And so it is one more game for the 2017-18 season for Micky Mellon's side, on Saturday 12 May at Wembley Stadium.

Rovers will take on Sutton United or Boreham Wood for a place in the EFL next season at the home of English football, and the boss says he'll be treating it the same as every other match.

"We'll prepare for it as we do with every other game," he added. "We obviously know the magnitude of the game but we feel a lot calmer this year.

"It's great to get to the big house (Wembley Stadium) to contest the Promotion Final but we know that we have to go down there and do a job so we're very calm about it.

"We'll get back into work on Monday, get the players dusted down and recovered and be ready to go again next weekend.

"No matter who we get in the final, we know we'll be in for a tough game, but we'll be ready."


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