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Micky's Newcastle reaction

25 August 2022

Rovers boss Micky Mellon had 'only praise' for his young Rovers squad on Wednesday evening, as they pushed Premier League side, Newcastle United, all the way in a hard-fought Carabao Cup clash.

A goal from Elliott Nevitt gave the SWA the lead against Newcastle, before the Magpies made a comeback with goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Chris Wood. 

Speaking to local media after the full-time whistle, the Gaffer was full of praise for the squad and shared his hope that they will be able to take the positives from the match into the league games, starting on Saturday.

"You see the levels that they can hit, so we had every right to be disappointed with them after the game (on Saturday), when we came together again on Monday we went through it all again because we know the qualities that they have.

"It is a young team in terms of experience and games like tonight will be massive in building forward with their careers. We're just building something, that's what we keep saying to everybody, it's a building job. Of course, everybody wants and expects much, much more, but we know at the football club that the players that we brought in were going to have to have time to grow and you've seen from the performance this evening that they're definitely going in the right direction. Now we just have to find the consistency, which is with experience learning what the game is asking and being good at it. 

"I could not fault them this evening, they deserve a lot of praise that should come their way, but we have to go again on Saturday and show the same qualities. Of course, the game will be different but it's the way you attack the asks of the game with the attitude that they showed tonight (that's) what they've got to get better at. It's something we can now refer back to and say, well, remember when we played Newcastle, the asks of the game, how you attacked them, how you were good at them and how you tried to find a way back into the game against a really good team.

"So, only praise, but we will be back in at them again and keep them moving forward on a learning curve."

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