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Micky's reaction to Stalybridge friendly

20 July 2021

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon says he was pleased with the side’s performance, following their 3-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic.

Callum McManaman, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and Keiron Morris were all on the scoresheet for Rovers, who have now made it two wins from two so far in pre-season

Speaking after the match, the boss said: “It was a good run-out and another step forward with our fitness and building the relationships. We managed to get everybody a good amount of match time, which was what we planned to do. Overall, it was a good run-out and a worthwhile exercise.”

TRFC took the lead early on through McManaman, who was making his first appearance for the club since joining.

“We scored very early, and we saw many glimpses of how we want to play and the intensity too. We’ve still got a couple of games to play to keep sharpening things up. Another couple of weeks to keep things moving forward.

“Every game asks you a different question and good footballers are able to adapt and adjust to whatever the games are asking. There’ll be periods of the game where you have to play a certain way and we’ve got enough experience to accept that and be good at that.”

Mellon was also full of praise for Morris, who netted Tranmere’s third of the evening.  Also praising a number of younger players, who came on later in the game.

“I know what he [Morris] is capable of. There was nothing in the reasons behind why we started that 11, we just believed that certain people deserved to start to build on their fitness. I was pleased with his performance, as I was with many of them.

“It’s important that, if we are going to bring young players on, that we trust them. That’s what we did. It was pleasing to see them to go out there and perform so solidly and go out and take part in the game.”

The manager also spoke about the travelling support, highlighting how great it was to see the fans following the side. 

“It’s great that the fans made the effort to come over to Stalybridge, especially midweek. I’m pleased that so many made the effort and I’m sure they enjoyed their evening.”


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