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Micky on Cheltenham win

12 January 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon was delighted with his side’s second half performance after Rovers fought back from a goal behind to triumph 3-1 away against Cheltenham Town.

Luke Varney opened the scoring for the hosts on the stroke of half time, but second half strikes from James Norwood, debutant Ishmael Miller and Ollie Banks secured three points on the road for TRFC.

Speaking to the media after the game, Mellon said: “We come in one-nil at half time and we had a chat about it to organise people differently and its all credit to the players.  

“They go out and we work together and they arranged themselves in a different way and I believe the credit that we give Cheltenham in the first half, we over ran them second half. We showed a lot of good qualities that I knew that the players have and we scored some good goals and could have had some more.”

Mellon was disappointed with first half performance but was happy about the second half response. He was also pleased to see improved passing and more pressure being applied onto Cheltenham in the second period.

He added: “You’re always disappointed to go behind but you would have to say that we have to be honest, we didn’t feel we played well, or passed the ball anywhere near good enough or worked any sort of overloads that we’re usually very good at. But as I say that’s what it's about, getting that reaction in the second half and getting a fantastic result away from home.

“We arranged ourselves certainly in the midfield in better positions, better starting positions in order to try and put the ball under a wee bit of pressure. Then when we did that their back three then ran out of options to play it forward and that allows our front players then to go and put them under more pressure, and it makes it more difficult for them.

“When we won it back again we also secured that first pass which allowed us to move up the pitch and get a wee bit more possession of the ball."

The Scot was also delighted with the performance of new recruit Miller in his first appearance for the Club.

“I’m really pleased. A lad we knew when he became available, we knew what we needed from that type of player, we needed one of them in the group to help compliment the likes of Mullin and Norwood to go and help them.

 “It gives a bit more physical presence that we’ve probably lost since we lost Andy Cook, so he does that fantastic. He’s obviously got good legs and good power and good know how as well and hopefully that’s the first of many goals for us.”

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