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Micky: We need to be at our best

3 September 2021

Rovers boss Micky Mellon says that his side must be at their best this weekend, as they welcome a rejuvenated Hartlepool United side to Prenton Park this weekend.

Tranmere come into the weekend's encounter off the back of a frustrating defeat at Scunthorpe a week ago and will be hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday against a dangerous Hartlepool side who currently sit 5th in the league table, after a fine start to the season.

Addressing the clash and the challenge of the visitors, who are flying high after their promotion back to the Football League last season he said: "Well of course we've experienced that ourselves, the excitement of coming back into the Football League from years in Non-League football. So we know you get a bounce from that, We've watched enough of them to know they'll be a tough game for us. They're a team that's used to getting results, we know what that was like when we came up, it can become a really good habit, to have a group that knows how to do that.

"But we believe that we will have enough if we do what we know we can do in order to try and win the game."

The boss also touched on what proved to be an extremely busy deadline day, with no less than five new players arriving on the Wirral on Tuesday. 

"We're very happy, I think we've covered the areas that needed covering and brought in some players that give us different options.

"Some good young players and some great experience as well with the likes of (Mark) Duffy, so we've given ourselves options and that's what you want to be able to do until you get to January, then you're looking to see if you can or need to jig it around again, we eventually got some good stuff done."

Mellon also touched on the frustrating result at Scunthorpe a week ago: "I was unhappy with us at the Scunthorpe game and I absolutely say the term us, because I'm the manager of us."

"I was disappointed with certain parts of our game, parts of the final third. We needed to be more aggressive in the final third and needed to show a wee bit more smartness in the final third in order to try and score goals."

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