By Peter Tscherewik
Micky Mellon was left frustrated following Tranmere Rovers’ 2-1 away defeat to Aldershot, after the home side snatched a late winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Storm Brian made conditions tricky for both sides at the EBB Stadium, and Mellon was quick to make a note of how the wind affected Rovers’ performance in the second half.
“To go a goal up and go in at half-time, we knew we were facing the wind in the second half. We just didn’t seem to be able to adapt – too many balls coming into the box, we weren’t able to stop their crosses, their switches of play and we just couldn’t get out quick enough.
Captain Steve McNulty put Tranmere ahead with 27 minutes on the clock, but the Shots managed to come away with all three points after two goals in the final ten minutes from Fabien Robert and Scott Rendell.
In a match of very few positives for Tranmere, Mellon was happy with the contributions of his two young full-backs, including debutant Eddie Clarke.
“We’ve got two very young players and I thought they did very, very well, that’s a big bonus for us for the two young lads to come in and do that.”
Mellon suggested that a lot of work will be made during the next week in certain key areas, hinting that he was not happy with his sides’ overall defensive display when defending against crosses.
“We’ve got to be better with it (the ball), yeah there was a big wind and we know all about that but you’ve got to adapt and adjust to it.”
Despite the overall disappointment, the Scotsman did give credit to Aldershot in the way that they performed throughout the game and admitted that the Shots did deserve to win the game.
“I think you’ve got to give them (Aldershot) credit, they came at us and exploited us down the sides, so yeah sometimes you just have to give the opposition credit.”
The manager also offered his thoughts on the loan departure of striker George Waring to FC Halifax Town.
“George has not been able to come into our thinking to start any of the games, we felt that the players we’ve gone with up to now into the season have been the ones that we’ve believed that can give us the best chance of scoring goals and winning games.”
You can watch the full post-match interview with Micky Mellon at the top of the page.