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Micky looks ahead to Mansfield trip

24 January 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon expects a tough test when he takes his side to promotion chasers Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Rovers are 10th in Sky Bet League Two ahead of the fixture at Field Mill where David Flitcroft’s third-placed Stags await, and Mellon is looking forward to the match in Nottinghamshire.

Mellon said: “I thought they were really good when they came here to Prenton Park, it was a very, very good game, even though it finished 0-0 it was an excellent game of football. It was really appreciated by the fans, so we’ll expect more of the same when we go there.”

The Scot also gave an update on striker Ishmael Miller, with Mellon revealing that the recent January signing sustained a hamstring injury when he was forced off on the half hour during the Swindon Town defeat at Prenton Park last Saturday.

He continued: “It’s not good news, he’s going to need an operation, we’ll get dates and times for his operation then take it forward from there.

“It’s his hamstring, the force of the lads who he was getting carried on his back I thought contributed to him getting a hamstring injury.”

Rovers secured their fourth signing of the January transfer window earlier this week when Ben Pringle was brought to the Wirral on loan for the rest of the season from Championship side Preston North End.

And Mellon feels that midfielder Pringle will give TRFC the experience and quality they need in their pursuit to make the play-offs, with the manager also hoping to add more new faces at the Club as Rovers look to bolster their playing squad in time for deadline day.

Mellon added: “He brings great balance and strength to the group and he has obviously played at levels higher than where we are at, he is at a good age and everything is positive, he wanted to be here. He’s joined in training for the first time this morning and shown that quality, so we’re really pleased to have him here.

“Experience is always good, it is always good to have it in the group as much experience as possible so he’s another positive signing and we’re pleased to have him here.

We’re always working hard to improve the squad as you want as many players in the group who can answer as many questions in games as possible.”

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