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Micky's Cambridge reaction

16 February 2019

Manager Micky Mellon was pleased with how his side defended following Rovers’ goalless draw away against Cambridge United.

In a match with few clear cut chances, Tranmere had to settle for a point on the road at The Abbey Stadium.

The boss was keen to pick up a victory against the U’s, but he has no qualms about the effort of his troops.

Mellon said: “I’m not happy with the draw or anything like that, but you’ve got to say sometimes that our players gave everything they had, and they just couldn’t break each other down.”

Preserving a clean sheet is a positive for TRFC, but the Scot believes more creativity or neat play going forward was all that was missing to clinch consecutive League triumphs.

“We defended outstanding all day as a team. We maybe lacked that little final pass or maybe that wee bit of magic that was needed maybe at times, that wee bounce of the ball. It just never went our way most of the day.” 

He added: “I’ve no complaints in terms of the performance; I think that we gave it everything that we could. We wanted to win the game but we just couldn’t get that winner.”

Rovers’ keeper Scott Davies also performed to a high level in net. However he did face tough opposition from Colin Calderwood’s men, but Mellon feels it is what football is all about.

“This is what it is about, we’re not going to complain about that, that’s the way that football is and should be. I don’t think that he was fouled or anything like that, it was just good honest challenges and he did get hurt. 

“We seen him in there, he’s a bit like a crash test dummy. We’re not a team that would ask the goalkeeper to go down unless he was hurt. You know that when he goes down he’s hurt, he just happened to get quite a few today but he’s still there at the end and he comes for that cross which is really brave at the end, and sees us over the line with a point.”

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