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Micky: It's a steep learning curve

1 August 2022

Rovers boss Micky Mellon believes that Saturday's result at home to Stevenage will be a steep learning curve for the group, after the SWA suffered defeat on the opening day of the season.

The Gaffer gave an honest and open assessment of the game to local media after the full time whistle had been blown at Prenton Park.

"(I'm) Disappointed. It isn't a criticism but we need to compete more for all the stuff that gets flung at you in League Two. We had spoke about it last week, saying that today there's going to be a lot on top of you to win the headers and win the knockdowns and win the right to play, we didn't do that anywhere near enough.

"We have to show that bravery to want to play, so that means taking the ball under pressure at some stages and (then) being clever and imaginative to try and play. I think when we did, we opened them up and created some good situations.

"I think in the second half we did a little bit more, but, I still don't think we did enough in terms of the physical side of it, but, we did enough to get back in the game. 

"Then to lose the goal from a free kick and there's a lot of free kicks and you know what's going to happen, because that's there way of getting in your 18-yard box, no disrespect to Stevenage but there's not going to be any clever play. It's going to be winning free kicks and long throws and putting you under pressure in your 18-yard box, which has gotten them the result today. But you've got to be able to do is win that first header, find a way of winning it and then deal with the second phases, you've got to stay with your man and you've got to be first.

"I think that was the story of the game today, we weren't first enough. We didn't fight hard enough, we're quite young and maybe this is the learning stage for a few of them, but we'll need to learn fast.

"I thought the crowd were fantastic, I appreciate that today, because, I understand at times we were frustrating. But you never got on their backs and I think you understood what we were trying to do and I appreciate that.

"We'll need to do more, we'll need to better, it's only the first game but it will be a steep learning curve for a lot of us. We will go in on Monday and we will work on that."

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