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Micky ahead of Port Vale

13 August 2021

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon says he loves being back at the football club, ahead of his side’s away trip to Port Vale on Saturday.

Rovers make the trip to Vale Park, hoping to make it two wins from two in Sky Bet League Two, following the opening day victory against Walsall.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed working with the players, and love being back at the football club. The lads have done terrifically well, I’m really pleased with where we’re at. In terms of performances, we’re learning all the time about bits we have to get used to doing in terms of becoming a team.

“That’s only natural. They’ve come from different managers, different clubs and different styles of playing. So, all the time, we’re learning that and finding a style of play that suits all of us. It’s been really good. I’m enjoying working with the younger players, and the older players are bringing great experience.

“It’s a really good, vibrant place at the minute.”

The manager also spoke about the squad as a whole, and how he can rely on players to come in and make an impact.

“We’re trying to build all the time. If I bring a player to the football club, I quite clearly tell them they’ve been brought here to play first-team football. I think we’d have 15 or 16 players we’d class as game ready and first-team players. 

“The rest of the squad is made up of younger players, who will look to build towards that. I’ll have a look at how we’d like to play, energy levels, and we changed a few during the week. The ones we chose to come in during the week, with fresh legs, scored. That shows you the value of being able to rely on the squad.

Mellon also says he will make a few changes to his line-up, saying that he will try and rotate his team as much as he can.

“We will make a few changes again. We will continue to do that, without being reckless. My style of management would be one where I try and keep the group all-inclusive, and try not to go with the same team every week.

“I don’t think that works. Scientifically, they’ll show you that with energy levels. Then psychologically, players can get tired by playing, playing, playing. Also, team spirit-wise, to be able to bring someone in and do a job with energy into the group.”

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