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Micky reflects on draw at Macclesfield

2 January 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon praised goal scorer Connor Jennings after Rovers were held to a 1-1 away draw against Macclesfield Town.

Jennings opened the scoring for TRFC in the first half before Koby Arthur equalised on the stroke of half time to salvage a point for the Silkmen.

Speaking to the media after the game, Mellon said: “I must say, I’ve just said to Connor Jennings there, that’s as good of performance I’ve seen since I’ve been at the Football Club and I really mean that.

“I thought it was fantastic; it was a real throwback to the old striker role. It was great to be able to see. We know how good he is, we always tell him how much we think of him.

“We hoped for that type of performance in that area of the pitch that he played in today because we know he’s very capable, but probably his biggest problem is that he can play anywhere and play well in most positions, so he has found himself on that left hand side and done very well for us out there.”

After conceding in the dying embers of the first half Mellon spoke about how he was keen for his players to respond well in the second half and he feels Rovers did that without the cutting edge needed to put the ball in the net.

He added: “We had a good chat and said look there’s nothing you can do about it now, you’ve got to move on into the second half. There were as many chances in the second half, we got ourselves into some good areas and probably would want to, like we’ve said many times, have that wee bit of quality and bit of fortune that sometimes you need to try and get that second goal.

“We’ve lost too many away games, we are aware of that and honest about that especially with the following we had today. You’ve got to always dig for the positives and the positives are that we’ve stopped that run of away defeats now which we wanted to do.

“We defended very well. I’m really struggling to say other than that bit of quality with the final pass or a bit of combination play that’s required to probably get results in these types of games, was maybe all that was missing.”

Rovers’ boss also praised the performances of other players in the squad and although not taking all three points back home is a blow, he is respectful of earning a draw.

“We just felt today that we wanted a bit more in terms of a target and getting into that final third and bits of link up play with Norwood which was very good at times. Caprice was excellent on that right hand side and Buxton. I couldn’t really say any of them never played well.

“We’re obviously disappointed we haven’t won, we always want to win every game but we’ve got to respect the point and it’s just football at times isn’t it.”

You can watch Micky's full post match interview here


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