Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon is disappointed with the way his side conceded in their 2-1 defeat at Fleetwood Town, but he can take the positives from the second-half performance at Highbury on Saturday.
A late strike from substitute Paul Mullin only proved a consolation for Rovers, who were two behind following goals from Josh Morris and Paddy Madden either side of half-time.
Rovers had the better of the chances of the fixture on the Fylde Coast, seeing efforts from Corey Blackett-Taylor, Morgan Ferrier and Manny Monthe go begging on a frustrating afternoon.
And the Tranmere boss had his say on a contest which Rovers were unlucky not to get anything from.
Mellon said: “I’m disappointed again that we’ve lost two goals, but second half we’ve come out and we were the team in the ascendancy, and I think the only thing that beat us in the end was time.
“The first 45 minutes, it took us too long to get going. That’s for sure. We were just jovially taking part.
“The first goal I believe is a goal kick to us – I think everyone in the stadium saw that – and then we gave away a free kick from it. The goal may be decided on a referee’s decision.
“And then there’s two guys in the wall blocking our goalkeeper’s view. Again, he doesn’t see that. I’m not making excuses, I’m just telling you facts of what happened.”
Mellon is pleased with the display that his players showed in the second-half of the game, with Rovers cheered on by 1,077 of the SWA, who backed the lads from start to finish on the Fylde Coast.
He added: “I don’t think we were beaten by a team that was in control. The second-half was miles better, we had much more intensity representing our fantastic fans that we had today.”
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