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Micky looks ahead to Gillingham trip

10 March 2023

Interviews

Micky looks ahead to Gillingham trip

10 March 2023

Manager Micky Mellon hopes his Tranmere Rovers side can extend their unbeaten run, but he expects a tough Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Gillingham on Saturday.

Having earned seven points from their last three games, Rovers make the long trip down to Kent to take on Neil Harris’ Gills, who have managed to climb nine points clear of the fourth-tier relegation places. 

And Micky sat down with the local press to preview Rovers’ visit to Priestfield.

Mellon said: “We want to win every game that we play, and we’ll try to keep the run going and attack every game, we’ll continue to do that and that’s the correct attitude, as long as we’re working hard, and we want to set up well and be difficult to beat. 

“Gillingham have tried to get themselves out of the predicament that they are in. They’ve got a good manager, I know Neil really well and they’ve started to get away from the bottom end of the table.

 “They’ve become stubborn and tough to beat and they are getting clean sheets, so we know it will be a tough time.

“If we create the chances, and the chances are there, it’s no use me saying that we create chances, it’s about showing that composure, getting good contact and scoring goals which have made Tranmere successful in the past because of it, so it’s important the players keep working hard, and we’ll find a way. 

“Jordan’s partnership with Tom has been excellent, the goalkeeper situation is what it is, and we felt the right thing was to bring Joe in with his experience, so we’ve had to find the consistency with the back four, so we’ve pressed from the front, but defensively we’ve been fine, it’s going forward and sustaining these attacks, creating more chances and taking chances that we need to get better at.

“It’s encouraging that we can get the ball up the pitch and play with quality. I’ve not put hand brakes on them, we want to go forward, find opportunities to get forward and express themselves.

“It was important that we gave them some rest as we’ve had a lot of travel, but we’re ready to go for this weekend.”

Mellon also provided an update on recent injuries to Brad Walker and Paul Lewis, with both players set for spells out of action.

Mellon added: “They are both probably going to be long-term, so we’re not going to have them for a good few weeks yet. It’s a big blow as they’re both experienced players and they’d been doing well, like Kane, until they got injured, but that’s part and parcel of football and we’ll have to find another way.”

To watch Micky’s full pre-match press conference on YouTube, subscribe HERE.


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