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Mellon's Colchester preview

21 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon is relishing the run in as League Two’s promotion race heads towards its closing weeks of the campaign, ahead of the trip to Colchester United on Saturday.

Rovers make the long journey down to Essex aiming for a sixth straight win in the fourth-tier, with TRFC currently fifth in their first season back in the EFL.

Mellon’s men visit the JobServe Community Stadium to face a U’s outfit managed by former Tranmere defender John McGreal, as they look to chase down the top three automatic promotion places.

And Mellon says that Rovers will go about their business in the same way as they have done from the start of this term.

He said: “The mood is good, we’re excited but we have the reins on it, honestly we’re not too over the top or too low, we try and keep things consistent. We know there’s a level we need to train at and play at in order to give ourselves a good chance of winning games.

“So nothing really will change in that way because we believe that is the way that we can get results. Athletes are animals, they want to play, we are ready to play, we need a game, so we are looking forward to the game at the weekend.

“It gave them the chance to have a mental break, to go and do the things normal people do at a weekend, then they came in on Monday ready to work, Monday’s training session was superb, we’ve had a good week’s work this week, like we always do.

“My job here is to get them (the players) best prepared for games of football the best way that I can to get my players the best chance of being successful in their careers.

“We’ll train and get prepared then go and play a game of football on Saturday. I don’t try and look too far ahead.

“The be all and end all is the league table and that will take care of itself if we get the performances right and give ourselves a good chance of winning games. I would say it is important to gauge where you are in it and the work you need to do but it would be useless if you don’t take care of immediate business.”

In the opposite dugout to Mellon on Saturday will be his former Rovers team-mate and friend McGreal, but the Scot says that the friendship he has with the Colchester boss will be put on hold for 90 minutes though he is not surprised to see the Birkenhead-native successful in management.

He added: “John is a good pal of ours but that will go out of the window as we are Tranmere and we want to win, and I’m not surprised to see him do so well in management.”

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