Micky Mellon was pleased to have ‘cemented’ a play-off place following the 1-1 home draw against newly-promoted Bury.
James Norwood opened the scoring at Prenton Park but the points were shared when Jake Caprice was unfortunate to turn a ball into his own net after the break.
Mellon was delighted to have wrapped up a play-off position, but would have liked to have taken the fight for automatic promotion into the final game against Crawley.
He said: “To have cemented that now, it’s fantastic. Sorry we couldn’t take it to maybe the last day, but it wasn’t for the want of trying. At the start of the second half Bury got a bit more control and we maybe made one or two little marginal errors in the build up to the goal, where you just think just dig in and let it wash over you - we just weren’t able to do that.
“Then we came again, we had opportunities again and it was a real tough end of season game of football by two teams at the right end of the table.”
The boss also felt his side had chances to secure a victory and praised the players for their performance with a big home attendance.
“We had our opportunities didn’t we? We have to be fair and say that we had opportunities to get that second goal and we’ll never know what that would have done, but in terms of taking part in the game in front of a big crowd, the lads were fantastic.
“We just weren’t able to get that second goal, but we kept going and kept going, kept fighting until the end to try and take it to the last day, but now we know what the route is we have to fight for.”
Whilst the automatic route is now over, Mellon is still fully focused on trying to win the game against Crawley this weekend. He has also praised the heroic efforts of the squad to be in this position.
He continued: “We try and win every game we take part in so Saturday will be no different. We will only be focusing on that, we’ll go out there again like we always do and prepare properly, and we’ll go down there and give a performance which is what this Club is all about, representing the Club properly and then at the end of it all we’ll know what the challenge is.
“But listen there’s no doom and gloom here. To even, at this stage, to be in a shout with automatic is quite unbelievable, but well deserved because over the course of the season we’ve got ourselves into this situation. We just weren’t able to take it into the last day, but even so there would have been a lot that would have had to go our way anyway, so we know now.”
You can watch Micky's full interview on iFollow here