Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon gave his honest assessment of his side’s 2-0 defeat away at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.
Two goals in three second-half minutes proved decisive, as Mellon’s men were beaten in South Yorkshire.
And Micky spoke to the local media after full-time at the Eco-Power Stadium.
Mellon said: “First and foremost we have to say that we never really got going. We bought a really good support over, and never represented them well enough.
“The first-half was a bit of nothingness, even between both teams but we never really got going or found anything like a tempo or found a way of doing the stuff that has made us look like a good team in games gone by.
“We lacked urgency and lacked quality as well all over the pitch. I thought Regan did well, he got on the ball like I thought he would do, but we just seemed to let the game fizzle away and we gave away two really cheap goals which has not been like us again. We’re really disappointed and it was a really poor performance.
“We lacked imagination. We got the ball in full-back areas, we lacked quality when we did get it in wide areas and lacked the magic that we need from our forward players to open up a game like this. We just looked a bit lethargic and the game was definitely here for the taking, you could feel that round about the place, and we just missed it and didn’t take that opportunity.
“We never got anything going, it was really frustrating and it's my responsibility as a manager to see that before the game as I thought we were ready and good to go. We knew the importance of the game in terms of the opportunity it gave us to close the gaps on the teams above us, and we didn’t do enough to do that on the night.
“We tried to pick a team with a bit of impact on it, and to cover different areas of the pitch and that’s what you try and do.
“Over the course of the night we just didn’t do enough. We’ve got to find that consistency that does pick up points and in order to do that you have to show quality with and without the football and show more imagination. I can’t defend the performance, as we got punished.
“We need to show the quality that will give you the opportunity to win games like that, and we’ve just got to get them back into that mentality again on how we should play at the tempo and quality, how we achieve this and getting them back on the ball again.”
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