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Jackson's Grimsby reaction

13 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers’ assistant manager Michael Jackson praised Rovers’ game management after the 4-1 victory against Grimsby Town at Prenton Park.

A first half brace from Connor Jennings, as well as Manny Monthe and James Norwood goals, grabbed a deserved win under the lights.

Jackson praised the side coming in after the recent match against Crewe and also with how TRFC coped with the tough weather conditions.

Jackson said: “It's a great result. Obviously the conditions weren’t brilliant with the wind and that, but I thought the way they went about it as a group, obviously the penalty was a bit disappointing but the way they worked tonight, a quick turnaround from Friday, I think it’s a great performance.

“Not pretty on the eye but some of the goals we’ve took the chances and then second half we’ve seen out a spell where they’ve put us under a bit of pressure and we come through that. Then the game just dies away then, but we managed it really well so we’re delighted.”

The first goal was a result of a clever set piece routine, and Jackson is pleased Tranmere are scoring more from these situations.

“Sometimes you just look from the side and you see gaps, so you tell someone to go in there but they’ve got to deliver from that, but it’s good to get some set pieces. Big Manny (Monthe) gets a goal as well and we’ve been due a few of them to be fair.”

Rovers were denied a fourth consecutive clean sheet due to a penalty being awarded in the first half, which the assistant boss believes was a bit of a generous decision.

“We’ve looked at it, we’ve got the analyst up in the stands and he always radios down to us and has a look at it, he couldn’t see any pen. I thought it was a bit soft but it’s one of those things.

“Scotty (Davies) goes and saves it so it’s something we’re learning, the form he’s in you’ve got to follow those things in. We’ll be disappointed with that because we haven’t got the clean sheet but it’s a great performance.”

After Jennings brought up double figures for the season, Jackson was full of praise for the forward.

He said: “I thought he was brilliant tonight. The work he gets through there on that side, he’s had to deal with the wing back getting forward, he’s pressing the centre back, he’s getting back in, he’s scored two goals.

“His work rate is phenomenal. The work he actually gets through for the team, sometimes he goes unnoticed, but I’m made up he’s got his two goals, he’s his biggest critic.

He concluded: “When he doesn’t think he’s done well, he beats himself up a little bit but then he reacts in the right way because he cares about what he does.”

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