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Micky ahead of tough Exeter test

10 December 2021

Rovers boss Micky Mellon refused to take credit for Charlie Jolley's match-winning performance at Oldham on Tuesday night upon his return to the club, stating that the youngster had earned the opportunity.

It was a whirlwind 24-hours for Jolley who returned from his loan at Chester and bagged the decisive goal later on that day, Mellon talked about what will come next for the young striker after his coming-of-age performance.

"It's about the players, of course, we have to select them but they have to cross the line and play and he did that.

"(For) Young players it's about them earning the opportunity and then they must keep it, Charlie has done the first part and he must keep it now. It might take time, it might not. But that's now what the next stage of his development is, keeping pushing him forward and keep improving him all the time. I thought on Tuesday night he was excellent, he was terrific."

The goal came in the closing minutes of a clash that seemed destined to end in a goalless draw up until that point, Mellon talked about the importance of the result.

"There's times to score, isn't there. If you're going to score one goal you score it right at the very end.

"It was a hard-fought game, as all games in this league are. You never really look at this league and look at one end and then at the other and say that anyone is massively better than anyone else, it's a really tough league, anyone can beat anybody. It's always tough to go to Oldham, the conditions were tough and we managed to dog it out and get that all-important winner so we were pleased about that.  

Mellon also previewed the weekend's trip to face Exeter, who currently occupy fourth place in the league standings. The gaffer expects a tough challenge and is well aware of what Rovers will need to do to make sure they leave Devon with a good result.

"It's always a really tough place to go, for a whole host of reasons, they're always a team that's competing at that end of the division, so no matter when you go you know it's going to be a tough game.

"So, we'll go there expecting that. Knowing it's going to be a really tough afternoon and we know that we've got to be at our best at the things that we believe will give us a good chance of getting a result. So we'll go there and do that."

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