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Mellon's Spurs reaction

4 January 2019

Micky Mellon was proud of Tranmere Rovers’ FA Cup journey after seeing his side bow out of the competition to Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur under the Prenton Park floodlights on Friday night.

Rovers were knocked out of the competition after Fernando Llorente, (3) Serge Aurier, (2) Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane were all on target for Mauricio Pochettino’s North Londoners.

But despite the defeat, Mellon was pleased with reaching the third-round stage and is ready to push on with the rest of Rovers’ Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Mellon said: “The important thing is that we say we have done very well to get to this stage in the competition and to go up against a team like Tottenham is obviously fantastic for the football club.

“We will move ahead and further on from this evening and come back in on Monday and it will all be on the league now.

“We got punished for moments of probably that bit of quality that is needed against a very, very good Spurs side.”

And with a sold-out Prenton Park backing TRFC all the way, Mellon feels that the experience of facing Premier League and international players in front of the TV cameras can be viewed as positive heading into the second half of the season.

The Rovers boss was also pleased to see the local  community come out and support TRFC, and the way the Club hosted the night.

Mellon continued: “That was massive, that’s what a lot of tonight was about, we knew that we were up against few hundred million worth of talent, it was going to be very, very difficult for us with a team that has done so, so well coming up from the National League, 10 of them played in the National League last year.

“To get involved in this occasion can only do them the world of good, we’ll move ahead from it and learn our lessons from it like you always have to do.

“The Club really hosted the occasion fantastically well and every credit to them.”


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