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Micky hails character after Gillingham point

7 September 2019

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon hailed his side’s character as they came from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 home draw with Gillingham at Prenton Park in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

Gillingham were two to the good at the break courtesy of goals from Alex Jakubiak and Alfie Jones from close-range.

But after Paul Mullin’s penalty was saved, Tranmere fought back and were level with two quick-fire goals within three minutes.

Connor Jennings prodded in with the outside of his right-boot from six-yards on 67 minutes before Mullin thumped in high beyond the dive of goalkeeper Jack Bonham after being played in by Stefan Payne to earn a point for Rovers in front of the SWA.

And following full-time, Scotsman Mellon offered up his thoughts on the point against Steve Evans’ men.

Mellon said: “We won’t say that we are delighted with a draw at home, we would be delighted that we would have had to score three goals to win at home.

“At 2-0 down at half-time, to get a draw I think shows a lot of character in the group.

“We made some errors that got us 2-0 down but I felt it wasn’t really what the balance of play was about. We hit the post and had chances, there wasn’t much between them and that’s how I felt at half-time when we were 2-0 down.”

“We spoke at half-time and we had it all to do. We know that with this crowd here, that next goal gets you momentum and 2-0 at times, if you sit on it, it can be a dangerous lead as you can hand momentum to the home team and that’s what probably happened.

“We should be disappointed that chances were not taken, and then we get the penalty and we miss that, and you think ‘keep going.’ We had numerous shots on target and their keeper has made some good saves and then we got the breakthrough. I think when we got the breakthrough, you have to use your head and not get carried away and get sucker punched.

“With 20 minutes to go we got the second and we now had all the momentum to go and get the win. We knew we had it all to do at half-time , we changed things around a bit and we did well to get the draw, but we don’t want to be put in that position every week.”

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