Mellon optimistic ahead of Gillingham clash

Tranmere Rovers Manager Micky Mellon is optimistic about extending their unbeaten run despite the challenging League Two fixture away at Gillingham on Saturday.

Tranmere Rovers, who have secured seven points in their last three games, face a challenging League Two match against Gillingham on Saturday. The Rovers will travel to Kent to play against Neil Harris’ team, who are currently nine points ahead of the relegation spots.

Micky 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 gave an injury update on Brad Walker and Paul Lewis, confirming they will be out of action for a while.

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.”


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