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Micky looks ahead to Exeter

28 February 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon is looking forward to Saturday’s long trip to Exeter City in League Two but expects a tough fixture away at the promotion-chasing Grecians.

Mellon takes his side to Devon with Rovers in-form having won three out of their last four games in the fourth-tier to move to within two points and two places of the Play-Off position ahead of the match at St James Park.

And while Mellon is taking it one game at a time as Rovers chase a promotion place, he is relishing the prospect of his side coming up against Matt Taylor’s hosts, who are fifth in the division – and he knows the threat that Exeter will pose.

Mellon said: “I wouldn’t say there are any more important (games) than others. It’s the next match which will take the major importance to me, we’re looking forward to it, getting down there and playing, we’ll finish off the preparations and it should be a good game.

“We said everybody knows roughly what they are fighting for now so there’s a lot of desperation for points and an opportunity to build something. Every game is tough for a different reason because everybody is fighting for different prizes and the rest of it.

“Saturday will be the same, it is always a difficult place to go. They are always a team who are up at the right end of the division contesting a way out of it, so we know it will be a tough game as it always is, they always are.

“It will be a difficult one but one we are looking forward to as we are in good form and enjoying our football."

With three clean sheets from their last four League Two outings, Mellon is pleased at the form that his defence have shown in earning Rovers vital wins.

He added: “We are defending better as a group without complicating it, really focusing and showing the right mentality to work hard for that nil, and I’ve seen the benefit of that.

“It is about performances, looking to improve on everyone as individuals and as a unit so there has been a lot of hard work done by the players, the most important thing is the right mentality.” 

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