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Micky looks ahead to Lincoln

20 April 2019

Manager Micky Mellon is looking forward to the challenge that Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln City will provide when he takes his promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers side across to Sincil Bank on Easter Monday.

Tranmere will aim to bounce back from Good Friday’s 1-0 home defeat to Forest Green Rovers at Prenton Park, a result which sees Mellon’s men four-points from third-placed MK Dons, who occupy the final automatic promotion position.

Standing in TRFC’s way on Monday are Danny Cowley’s Imps, with the Lincolnshire club already promoted, and Mellon says the occasion of the fixture - with the hosts pushing for a title win and Rovers aiming for a top three finish alongside them – is one that should be embraced by his players.

Mellon said: “We will get everybody rejigged and re-organised. We will look to go to Lincoln and try and get a result. It’s another tough but an exciting game, it’s a really good game to be involved in and go and take part in and we’ll make sure that we are ready.

“They are all big games aren’t they, they are all big games and they are one’s that you want to take part in.”

Mellon also provided an update on the fitness of top-scorer James Norwood and left-back Liam Ridehalgh ahead of the Lincoln trip.

The Scot added: “He (James Norwood) had a scan on Tuesday that said he had a torn groin muscle and we just gave it time and sometimes these things happen that it’s not a major muscle or whatever but he came in and said he felt fine, he’s not trained all week, so you have to try and give the player the opportunity, he knows his body better than I do, what the physios do and he did 90 minutes so we’re pleased with that and we’ll see if there’s any fall-out from that.

“Liam Ridehalgh is injured as well, he took a bit of a challenge, he took a knee injury, he’s been for a scan so we’ll see what the results are for that so at the minute they are just mounting up a bit but that’s what the squad is for, they’ll come in now and carry things forward and do the job for us.”

The manager also discussed Mark Ellis, with no confirmation so far of the extent of his injury after being subsitutued against Forest Green Rovers. 

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