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Micky's thoughts on Accrington cup win

10 August 2022

Rovers Gaffer Micky Mellon praised the character of his squad on Tuesday night, as they came from 2-0 down to beat Accrington Stanley in a dramatic Carabao Cup tie.

Micky started his press conference by expressing his disappointment at the first-half display and what was said at halftime, before praising the reaction he then saw from his side in the second half, as they fought back valiantly to beat the League One outfit in a tense penalty shootout.

"This group of players will learn, because they got told at halftime when you play for Tranmere you have to fill the jersey well and you have to fight, because the people who played before you created a reputation of a team that fights, bare minimum. A lot of the times, even back when I played for us, we were always underdogs but you'd never do us in a fight, you'd never outrun us, you'd never outfight us. In that first-half, it was too lame.

"But to be fair to the group of players, they got told at half-time how we felt and how far away we were from what we're as a football club and what we represent and they came out in the second half and showed more of the qualities that are a bare minimum, a basic, that's needed to play for Tranmere. Of course, there are moments we need to improve on and bits of quality and all the rest of it, but the bare minimum to play for Tranmere is that you've got to fight for these fans, you've got to fight for this football club and you've got to fight to fill the jersey well because there's been a lot of people before you who have fought very hard to do that for Tranmere, so that's what we've got to do.

"The support was fabulous, superb, it drove us on. We have to understand that they (the fans) demand that as a minimum and at half-time they'd never seen what they deserve. In the second half, if we showed any sort of encouragement to show more of what we're as a football club and what we're as a team, they got right behind us and drove us on. 

"To come back from 2-0 down and turn it around to 2-2 and then win the penalty shootout, you've got to give the lads a hell of a lot of credit, but they must do the start. We can't be waiting for a bit of abuse at halftime to get us going. We have to turn up with that spirit and that understanding that that's how you've got to play if you play for Tranmere.

"(A) Big learning curve for a lot of them, it has been since the start of the season, there are a lot of young men in there and a lot of new players to Tranmere and the football league, but they were told at halftime and they will learn. They know what's required."

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