Micky Mellon took some time out of his busy schedule to speak of tonight’s encounter with Premier League opposition.
Newcastle United are the visitors to Prenton Park in the Carabao Cup and it’s set to be an electric atmosphere in what Micky Mellon describes as the “ultimate test.”
Micky said, “It’s fantastic for everyone involved with the football club. To get a Premier League team coming to Prenton Park, it’s great for the fans and the players as well. We now want to go out there and give a good account of ourselves.
“We know the size of the challenge in front of us but we’ll attack that and find out a bit more about ourselves too. We don’t know what Newcastle are going to do team wise but we do know that no matter what team they put out, it will be Premier League quality. It will be a tough game but we’re looking forward to it.
Micky continued, “I’ve known Eddie Howe for many years now and he’s done a fantastic job there and is obviously heavily backed by the owners and are going in the right direction, you only have to watch them to see that. They have a fantastic fan base too so it’s great that we can have these types of games.
“We have to be the best version of ourselves and get that right first. We’re still very much working on us and doing that. If we can go out there and do the things that we work on, with and without the ball and do it well then we’ll be happy with that. If we do that on the night and know that we’ve done that then we can’t complain, we know how formidable the opposition are. It’s the ultimate test.
“The few games previous (big cup games) we haven’t done so well which has been disappointing against Manchester United and Tottenham but we know how good the opposition can be. We did well against Watford so we understand what is necessary to get a result against these types of teams.
“We know roughly how the game is going to go and what we’re going to have to be good at so we’ll prepare the team to do that as well as putting our identity on the game and trying to cause Newcastle problems.