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Nothing but praise from Micky Mellon

15 September 2018

Manager Micky Mellon felt the turning point for his side was the fantastic penalty save from Scott Davies which sealed a first away win of the season for Tranmere Rovers in a 2-0 victory at Carlisle United.

Tranmere’s number one made a brilliant stop to deny Jamie Devitt with just over 15 minutes remaining, with the score at the time 0-0.

However, Mellon’s side pushed on after Davies’ heroics to score two twice in the final ten minutes, including a spectacular finish from number nine Paul Mullin after his introduction from the bench.

Speaking after the game, the boss said: “I thought we played very well and we were clinical when our chances came along in what was a really tight game.

“I think the turning point was the outrageous penalty given against us. We kept our discipline and stuck to what we needed to do.

“It was a fantastic save and it was from a goalkeeper who last week took a little bit of grief. His standards are so high and when he makes a mistake, it gets highlighted because he is so good.

“He has always been great for me so when it doesn’t go his way, it gets highlighted because he doesn’t make very many mistakes.

“To make that save at that stage no doubt turned the game around. I think whoever scored the first goal would play the remainder of the game with a wet sail and the favourites to get over the line.

“The move for our first goal is terrific. From start to finish, the composure through the lines and the amount of bodies we got in the box, we were pleased to see the ball hit the back of the net.

“The second goal was pure quality. As soon as you saw Paul move the ball on his right peg. You’d have had to have played the game to understand the quality and the technique involved in trying to do that from a lad who has been desperate to get going for us.

“It is brilliant that he has kept himself right, mentally and physically fit so when the opportunity came, he was going to come in and fight for the boys and get us a result. We are really pleased with him.”

Tranmere Rovers will return to League Two action next weekend when they face Newport County at Prenton Park. For full ticket information, please click here.


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