By Josh Roberts
Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon paid tribute to his side’s performance as they beat Halifax Town 4 – 2 at Prenton Park in the National League on Saturday.
Rovers have yet to hit the heights and strides of last season, but this performance in front of a buoyant crowd was a step in the right direction.
Speaking to the media after the match, Mellon said; “The performance from to start to finish was great.
“To score four goals and the quality of the goals that we scored and the quality of the performance was very pleasing.”
Tranmere opened the scoring after 5 minutes through James Norwood and Mellon was pleased to see his side score early on.
“Getting the first goal at any time, the odds are very favourable on your side so we were pleased to see it going in at that stage.
“It allowed us to keep playing for what we want to do to get the game plan going and the boys should take a whole lot of credit of it.”
Norwood scored his second ten minutes later but had to be substituted to a nasty head clash. Mellon confirmed, however, that his striker is in a healthy state.
“He’s got a real sore one, and he’ll certainly feel that in the morning that’s for sure. He’ll be alright, we’ve looked after him well and he’ll be fine.
“I’m disappointed for him that he had to come off because he looked sharp as a tack to be fair to him.”
Mellon was complimentary about Norwood’s replacement, Larnell Cole who joined the club on Friday and marked his debut with a goal.
“You seen today, the flashes, he’s fantastic in that final third and we’re really pleased to have him here.
“He’ll bring a smile to people’s faces.”
Despite coming on as a substitute, Cole was part of the rare footballing sight of a substitute being substituted, however Mellon explained why this was the case.
“It might be a wee strange to people why we brought him off but he hasn’t done any work, he hasn’t done anything since May.
“He probably went in much earlier than we’d have liked to have put him on. We have to look after him, we don’t want to overdo it with Larnell.”
Also on the score sheet for the Super White Army was on-loan Barnley’s winger Dylan Mottley-Henry who scored his first goal for the club.
“It was nice to see him score a goal and it was a cracking goal as well. I’m really pleased for him. He deserves a goal.
“He’s worked his socks off since the minute he came here, we’re delighted to have him around and he’s one of the lads who puts a smile on your face because he comes in so fresh and wants to work hard.”
Tranmere lie in 14th but are just six points off third and Mellon refused to get drawn into whether or not his side will there or thereabouts come the seasons end.
“I’m not going to say no am I? All I’m going to say to you is I’m going to have a glass of red wine tonight, work hard tomorrow to try and improve us from the performance we’ve just had.
“At Tranmere its one game at a time, one day at a time really, so we’ll work hard. That exactly how we think of things here, you’ve always got to play well and you’ve always got to win games here.”
Regardless of Tranmere’s good performance, Mellon was aware his side still need to work on aspects of their game ahead of this weekend’s tough FA Cup tie against Peterborough United.
“We’re annoyed we didn’t get a clean sheet so we’ll be tough on ourselves but we’ll carry on, we’ll keep trying to win every game we play in.
“I’ll be ready to go to work tomorrow, I’ll be on the DVD and comb through things I know we have to be better at.
“We’ll come back in on Monday, we’ll have our meeting with the players like we always do and look at the things we should have done better and praise them for the things we did very, very well.”