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Micky's reaction to fourth straight league win

19 December 2021

Rovers boss Micky Mellon heaped the praise on a magnificent strike from Jay Spearing that earned his team an important victory at home to Leyton Orient.

The second-half strike from Spearing would prove to be the difference between the two teams, Mellon revealed his belief that the midfielder had the pedigree and technique to pull off a moment like that. 

"What a great strike! A real top drawer strike that he's well capable of, don't take any credit away from it in terms of saying that it's something he should do more. As soon as I saw it had gone to him I thought he's got the technique to pull that off, he's a great striker of a football and I'm delighted to see it has gone in."

Mellon also praised both goalkeepers who were particularly impressive on the afternoon, with no fewer than 25 shots over the course of the encounter.

"I thought their keeper made some great saves, I think if you look at what type of game it is and the action, the saves that both goalkeepers have had to make. I think that Ross made a great one at the end, but I think to be fair to their goalkeeper he's made four or five."

Mellon singled out the character of the group for praise, who showed excellent team spirit to avenge a bitterly disappointing defeat to the same opposition just a fortnight ago in the FA Cup.

"It was a really hard-fought game, like I knew it was going to be. They're a big, big team and they use the qualities that they have in their group really, really well and you've got to match it and you've got to try to find a way of dealing with that and making an impression on them and we worked ever so hard on doing that."

"We had to show some kind of reaction to the performance down there which wasn't good enough and I keep on saying it, but it wasn't. But the boys did that today and they got some really valuable points, showed a lot of character, massive points considering nobody else was really playing today. We knew there was a wee window of opportunity and we had to try and take it."

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