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Micky reacts to Morecambe win

6 October 2018

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon was delighted with his side after they recorded a dramatic 4-3 away triumph against Morecambe FC to move up into the League Two play-off positions.

Despite falling behind to an early Rhys Oates strike, Rovers responded with goals from Ollie Banks and a superb diving header from Harvey Gilmour. Jonny Smith added a third after the break, as the visitors looked to be cruising to victory.

However, the Shrimps were back on level terms with headers from Vadaine Oliver and A-Jay Leitch-Smith, before Gilmour netted the winner in the dying embers of the encounter; earning back to back league wins for Rovers.

Speaking to the Media after the game, Mellon said: “We had a couple of chances after the third goal to make it 4-1, but with how mad the game was today anything could have happened and it did, all of the sudden it was three each.

“Then what a goal to win it, an unbelievable goal to win it. I was obviously delighted to get the winner in the end and pick up a really valuable three points, but I think from a coach’s point of view you would probably not want to see that every week.

After a tough midweek game against the league leaders Lincoln City with a short time to recover, it would be reasonable to think reduced fitness would be to blame for the Morecambe second half revival, but the Scot is unsure if this is actually the case.

“I don’t know whether it is about fitness. I know what I want to get better at and what we should have done but that wouldn’t be fair of me to stand here and criticise anybody, because that is pure guts, spirit and determination to get the victory in the end there.

“So I think I’ll sort out things next week that I would have liked to have seen from all areas of what we do, when we settle down again-it was a mad day.”

There was a concern for the Rovers boss with regards to injury to defender Zoumana Bakayogo which disappoints Mellon after his performance.

He continued: “He unfortunately tweaked his hamstring so we will have to see how that is but the cross for Harvey for the first goal is tremendous then right at the end to show that level of fitness at his age and to pick somebody out and to show that composure and to see that finish is what I like to see from him.”

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