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Mellon's MK reaction

30 September 2018

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon was pleased with the efforts from his players as they battled to a point away at MK Dons.

Jonny Smith opened the scoring for Rovers on 37 minutes when Cole Stockton's effort was parried into his path by MK stopper Lee Nicholls, with Smith rolling the ball into an empty net.

Paul Tisdale’s Dons equalised on the stroke of half-time when Chuks Aneke profited when Rovers failed to clear a left wing cross. 

Mellon’s side had their opportunities in the second-half but had to settle for a point on the road in Buckinghamshire, a result that the Rovers boss is satisfied with.

The result means that Tranmere are 15th in the table, two points off the Play-Offs. 

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Mellon said: “Like I said before, you respect the point, and before anybody says we only came for a point, we came for the three, we set up to try and get a win.

“We didn’t think we started the game particularly well, there was a bit of a reshuffle probably 20 minutes in but full credit to the players, they moulded into that very quickly.

“I think we grew into the game, we will be very disappointed to lose the goal when we did, it’s a cardinal sin of any team, it does happen, like I’ve said before, you don’t want it to happen at that time and you have to be better than that.

“We came out in the second half and gave as good as we’ve got for long, long periods, I think we had the better chances and I’m disappointed we didn’t take one or two of them, but all in all it’s a hard-fought point, we’ll respect it at a really tough place against a really good team.”

Rovers return to Prenton Park on Tuesday night when League Two leaders Lincoln City visit the Wirral for a fixture under the floodlights.

The Imps are three points clear at the summit of the fourth-tier, and Mellon is relishing the game against Danny Cowley’s side.

The Scot concluded: “It should be a great game, underneath the lights at Prenton Park with a big crowd there, the pitch is beautiful and hopefully it will be a good evening.

“Hopefully we’ll get a good turnout to come and see two very competitive teams going for three points, so we’re very much looking forward to it."

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