Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon is expecting a tough task when Colchester United visit Prenton Park on Saturday, but he believes his players are more than capable of stepping up to the challenge.
Buoyed by a positive start to life after returning to the EFL, Rovers will be aiming to make it four League Two games unbeaten when former Tranmere defender John McGreal brings his in-form team to Birkenhead.
Following last Saturday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Northampton Town, where James Norwood continued his impressive goal scoring run, Tranmere are 11th in the fourth-tier.
Colchester will arrive on the Wirral having enjoyed a fine start to their 2018/19 campaign. The U’s are fourth in the division after an impressive 3-1 win away at Cheltenham Town last time out, with Luke Norris netting a brace.
Ahead of the fixture with the Essex outfit, when Mellon will come up against former team-mate McGreal, who made 195 league appearances over a nine-year spell after coming through the youth ranks at Prenton Park, the 46-year-old Scot knows that the visiting side will represent a difficult challenge, though it is one he is confident that his side can pass.
Speaking on Thursday in his press conference, Mellon said: “We obviously know it’s going to be a tough game, they have started well and their position in the league shows that.
“But we’re Tranmere at Prenton Park, we’ll be expected to go out there and perform well and represent the football club in the right way.”
With Rovers having navigated their way through their first six league fixtures in a positive fashion, Mellon feels that his players are expected to perform in front of the Club’s supporters, with another big crowd expected at Prenton Park at the weekend.
Mellon continued: “We’ve got good players at both ends of the pitch, so they will be expected to perform like they always are, the result will take care of itself depending on performance.
“We’ll expect to perform really well, we’ll have a big following as usual, they’ll get right behind us and we are excited and looking forward to the challenge which presents us, which will be Colchester.
“We’ll go and attack it and be expected to play well, hopefully we’ll keep the ball in one end and stick it in the other and we’ll be alright, and that’s really the way we’ll approach it.”
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