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Micky's Coventry reaction

1 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon says that “cheap goals” cost his side as they were beaten 4-1 at home to at Prenton Park Coventry City on New Year’s Day.

Rovers found themselves trailing at half-time after Matt Godden and Jordan Shipley struck, before Conor Jennings pulled one back  for Mellon’s men.

Morgan Ferrier missed a penalty after the break prior to Godden adding a further two to complete his hat-trick.

And the boss had his say on the defeat, giving an honest assessment to the local press.

Mellon said: “In the first half, we were not quite at it, and then in the second half we came out and we turned the screw really on a good Coventry side.

“We missed the penalty and we’ll never know if it was a turning point, but it would have certainly got us back to 2-2 with our tails up.

“Then we conceded soft goals. We gave away goals that at this level, you just can’t. So that really is what it is.

“In terms of endeavour, we had lads out there who performed really well, and we gave away goals which will be have to deal with.

“Defending is defending. You have the same job to do most amount of the time, the goals we gave away weren’t because of our rejigged back three, it was the problems we caused ourselves.

“I don’t think we believed in ourselves in the first half, but after half-time we decided to start running forward, putting them under a lot more pressure, putting bodies up and beyond their back three, we really did turn the tide.

“The momentum was all with Tranmere, and then we missed that penalty, we rallied and came again but we gave away cheap goals again.”

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