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Micky looks ahead to Forest Green clash

23 September 2021

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon feels Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture away toForest Green Rovers represents a good challenge for his side.

Rovers will be hoping to earn a third straight victory in all competitions when they go up against Rob Edwards’ Nailsworth outfit.

Speaking to the local media, Mellon previewed Rovers’ trip to Gloucestershire.

Mellon said: “It’s going to be a very tough game. They’ve come out of the traps extremely well, they are at home, so it’s all for us to go and take up the challenge of competing against the league leaders.

“We’ll look forward to that challenge and it will give us another opportunity to benchmark ourselves against a team that are top of the league at the minute, so we’ll be able to see where we are up to in terms of as a group.

“It’s massively important that we make ourselves difficult to score against, so you need to do that to give you a better opportunity of winning games and keeping clean sheets, and we’ll keep working hard.

“It’s been a good week’s training and it’s always good to get a positive result.

“We’re working hard to try and get the right people in the right areas. We keep saying we are a work in progress as we’ve brought a lot of new players into the group, and we are still working.

“There’s still improvements to make which is exciting, so we’ll keep on moving forward, we’ll keep trying to play attacking football and defending properly, we are certainly keeping clean sheets, so we need that balance right.

Mellon is pleased to have midfielder Jay Spearing available for selection after his red card during last weekend’s win over Salford City was overturned.

He continued: “I’ve never in all my career as a manager had one overturned. I felt it was very harsh and I’m pleased common sense prevailed and we don’t get the added punishment of losing him for three games as well as half a game, so we’re pleased to have him back in the fold.”

The TRFC boss also provided an update on his goalkeeping situation, with Ross Doohan set to start in place of Joe Murphy again, who remains out following his concussion in the Rochdale game.

Mellon added: “Joe won’t be available, he’ll probably be after the weekend now so that’s the right thing to do, first and foremost to make sure players are safe, football comes second to that, and it’s been recommended that Joe won’t be with us this weekend.

“It’s a case of getting on with it and doing the best we can with anything that comes our way.”

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