Micky Mellon gave his initial post match reaction to Saturday’s hard fought point against Northampton Town at Sixfields.
“We’d spoken before, and we quite rightly said how disappointingly we’d performed in previous times we’ve come here so we put it on the players and said that has to change. All the way through today I think we showed what we are about and had by far and away the better chances. We kept going, kept plugging away and stayed organised. We’ve come to a difficult place where teams this season have struggled at, and we’ve got a clean sheet and a point.
“We are disappointed we haven’t taken three, with all due respect to Northampton but their ‘keeper has got Man of the Match which tells you everything you need to know about how the game went. It was a much better attitude; we attacked the game all afternoon and as I say we’re disappointed we didn’t win the game, but we looked nearer the Tranmere that I want to see.
“We had characters throughout the pitch, winning second balls, winning tackles when they needed to and showing creativity too when moving forwards.
“Second half we started much the better team and we looked likely to get that goal but for a bit of clinical finishing or that final pass, we could have found ourselves getting a goal early in that second half. Even in the first half though, we had some opportunities that we were disappointed not to have taken.”
There was a contentious moment in the game when Kane Hemmings’ first half header potentially crossed the line before being cleared but the Boss says that Rovers need to take their chances on the whole.
“I was too far away to see if it was actually over the line, but I think for a player of Kane’s quality he will be disappointed he hasn’t scored that. With the quality of players we have and the quality of opportunities we are getting we were disappointed we hadn’t scored. We are defending well and creating chances, we just need to take those chances now.”
Tom Davies put in a Man of the Match performance and has been solid since returning back to the starting line up following a long lay off with injury. Micky was full on praise fir the commanding defender as well as the entire defensive unit.
“Tom’s a good guy and a good player and he’s really important to us. It’s his second season with us so we know how important he is to us, very experienced and a good leader. He led the defence really well along with [Neill] Byrne and all the back four.
“I thought the two midfield players were superb, two young players that are blossoming, and I thought our wide players gave us a real threat. Up front we were physical and worked well and all that was missing was the finish. The fans were fabulous, and I’m delighted to see so many have travelled, especially at this time of the year when there’s many other things you can spend your money on! We are sorry we weren’t able to send them home with a victory.”