Micky Mellon says team need ‘more of an attitude’ against Swindon

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon has spoken on a range of topics ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Swindon Town.

He started off by giving praise to Rovers striker Elliott Nevitt who scooped the League Two Player of the Year Award at this year’s North West Football Awards.

“It’s very good. Really good for Elliott considering the journey that he has been on and how fast he’s made that. He’s working hard and still trying to improve all of the time but it’s good that a lad who has came from the levels that he has, to get that recognition so we’re really pleased for him.”

After a disappointing cup exit last week to the hands of Carlisle, Micky will be looking for an improved performance from his side and says that the attitude has to be right from the first minute.

“We’ve got to show more of an attitude towards the jobs that come their way from the first minute and be resilient about it. We know the way that we want to play and we know what the principles are of that but we’ve got to go out there and be consistently good at them. I think recently we’ve been getting disappointed that things haven’t gone our way or we haven’t been playing at the levels, physically, that we should be doing. 

“We’re a club with high standards so we’re expected to go out there and do all of those things well, with and without the ball. We’ve had a good week of training with a lot of good talking too with the young squad that we’ve got but we keep reminding them of what they need to do to keep improving.

“Confidence is always a factor but only if you allow it to be and you don’t focus on what you’re supposed to be doing. It’s about going out there and doing what you do for the team and being good at that with the right mentality.”

Swindon are the next test in front of Rovers this weekend and they themselves have been in good league form despite a 4-0 thrashing last weekend in the FA Cup. 

“It’s that type of league and that’s no surprise. There are always results like that and there isn’t a lot between the top and the bottom really on any given day. 

“Swindon are a good football team and they’ll get it down and play. It’s always an enjoyable game to go there and play because they’re always well backed by a big support so we’ll look forward to the challenge.”

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