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Micky reflects on Carlisle cup exit

7 November 2022

Interviews

Micky reflects on Carlisle cup exit

7 November 2022

Rovers boss Micky Mellon believes that a poor first half showing from his side was the reason for their downfall on Saturday, after a 2-1 defeat at Carlisle saw the SWA exit the FA Cup in the first round.

Speaking to local media after the full-time whistle, the Gaffer offered his verdict on the game.

"(It was) A really poor first half, we were way off it in pretty much all of what we had to do. Second half, (we) rallied a little bit, should have had a goal to equalise, kind of huffed and puffed, but we let the game run away from us, we gave away a cheap second goal.

"We just never got going. I say 'we' because I'm the manager, but we never got going. In the end, we squandered an opportunity in the FA Cup far too easily."

Going into more detail on the first half display, Micky touched on what Rovers did wrong and why the improvements in the second half were too little, too late.

"We defended poorly down that side, we had many, many 1v1 moments that we have to better on, many defensive moments that we have to do better down that side. We showed a lack of character, for finding a way of doing better in those moments and too many times we came out second best there.

"(That's) Probably the reason why we changed it, to try and get people into the areas who want to show a wee bit more for us, probably in the second half most of the game was played in their half, but it should have been like that from the start."

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