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Micky: We kept fighting

13 October 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon says that his players are making “big strides” after Corey Blackett-Taylor sealed a 1-0 victory away against Coventry City on Sunday.

Rovers picked up their first away win of the Sky Bet League One season in front of the Sky Sports cameras at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, courtesy of Blackett-Taylor’s late strike.

Following Kieron Morris’ flick on, Blackett-Taylor drove a fierce left-footed shot from the left-side of the box into the far corner on 83 minutes, past Sky Blues goalkeeper Marko Marosi.

It was a commanding display by TRFC, from front to back, moving up to 18th in the third-tier as a result of their triumph in the Midlands.

Mellon said: “You have got to be able to answer what the game asks of you, especially coming to a tough place like this. We kept fighting, we kept defending our 18-yard box and we know that we have a threat on the turnover with good power and pace.

“We were playing against a very good side, a very established side. Results are important, but we had eight lads out there who played in League Two for us and another five or six who played in the National League, so we are making big strides.

“Mine and Jacko’s job is to make sure that we work in training to try and get the performances right and in order to get more results like today.

“We are just moving forward all the time. We understand where we’re at as a group, we have to keep improving all of the time, nothing has been decided other than if you fight and show that desire, you can come and get results at very good sides like Coventry.”

Mellon went onto praise match-winner Blackett-Taylor, along with the impact of fellow forwards Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Stefan Payne.

The boss was also pleased for the SWA, who backed Rovers all game on their travels. 

He added: “We switched him (Blackett-Taylor) up front as we know he’s got the power to do that, and he and Hepburn-Murphy put really good shifts in, Stefan Payne was flat out and that is the type of performance that you can guarantee from him.

“It was a terrific finish and it is one of them that stayed hit, in front of the fans who deserved it as they stick with us all of the time, and they know what the job is and what we’re trying to do, and that is make a group of players who are playing at this level for the first time, be able to be consistently take part.”

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