Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has challenged his players to be up to the test when they host Coventry City on New Year’s Day.
Rovers welcome Mark Robins’ promotion-chasing side to Prenton Park in Sky Bet League One on Wednesday, kick-off 3pm, as they start the year in front of the SWA.
And ahead of the fixture at home to the Sky Blues, the boss had his say on the upcoming game in his pre-match interview.
Mellon said: “I’m very respectful of Coventry City and their history and traditions, but we are Tranmere, they are coming to us and we should be able to guarantee that they will be given a real tough game.
“We're going to get after you, we're going to hassle you, and that’s how we will go out to play.
“We are determined that we keep our standard from the last game working forward, and I’m sure that they players will be ready to go.
“The lads will go out there, and we expect them to fight and scrap and get on with it. We’re not looking for any excuses.
“They (the players) turn up and they fight for that jersey, and they understand that’s required at this Club.”
Mellon wants Rovers to show the same qualities that saw them pick up a point last time out in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool on Sunday.
He added: “We have to keep that mentality and that drive at the Football Club that we won’t accept any less. I’ll keep driving, the players and the fans will keep driving, and we have to keep driving forward.
“It’s got to be driven and you have to accept what it means to play for Tranmere, you have to be relentless for 90 minutes and we now believe we have a group of lads who can show their qualities and individual talents.”
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