Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon praised his side’s display as they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win away at promotion-chasing Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.
Josh Hawkes’ 74th minute penalty proved to be the difference between the two teams which secured three points at The Lamex Stadium.
And Micky hailed the character showcased by his men to triumph at the home of Steve Evans’ Boro.
Mellon said: “We speak about it all the time that we know what the players are capable of and all the credit goes to the players as I say all the time, they are the ones who cross the white line.
“In the first-half we knew what they were going to put it right on us, and we had to show the qualities and we did to be fair, we defended really well and in the second-half we gained more territory and we were able to get further up the pitch, get forward with the ball and show the qualities that we have in the team.
“We had to keep defending well with direct play as you know that Stevenage are very good at what they do and that’s why they are up where they are, so we knew we had to stand up to that and we did.
“You just have got to accept what the game is and need the players to have that edge for when that moment comes where you have to dig in, we showed our competitive nature and made good decisions going forward and backed it up with the more physical side of the game and you’ve got to do that.
“The goal that we worked on to get the penalty kick is a brilliant move, and we know the qualities that we have and I want to teach the group to understand, you’ve got to be good at what it asks you and find a way to score a goal.
“We knew coming here today that they were going to put it on us all afternoon and we stood up to that.”
Mellon was also delighted to send the travelling SWA home happy following an excellent result in Hertfordshire.
He added: “For the travelling supporters to see a Tranmere team winning and to be satisfied is what they deserve, and they can go back on the road happy which we aim to do all of the time and we’ll look ahead to Tuesday and try and find that consistency.”
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