By Josh Roberts
After his first start in a Tranmere shirt against Halifax at the weekend, Micky Mellon was quick to praise Gerry McDonagh in what was a fine performance.
The on-loan Nottingham Forrest striker started up front with James Norwood, but after the no.10 departed, was tasked with leading the line himself and did a stellar job.
Speaking post-match, Mellon said; “I thought he was outstanding, I thought he led the lane fantastically well. His athleticism and his height, he was a real good foil for us and lead that line superbly well.
“He’s a smashing lad, fearless, and really wants to lead that line and score goals. I thought he was terrific today, he’s got to keep that going now.
“You’ve got to remember, I think he’s 19, he’s a whole lot of man for 19.”
Mellon knew that type of performance was in him though having been keeping tabs on the 19-year old; “We really watched him for quite a long time now.
“When we knew there may be a chance of him coming available, we knew that was in him, we’ve seen that before what he’s done today.”
The Tranmere boss was keen to highlight the energy within the squad and the use of rotation that enabled McDonagh to put his stamp on the game; “We wanted to give him the start today because big Cooky [Andy Cook] put in such a shift on Tuesday.
“If we can balance the squad and make sure we have that energy in the team, it’s not about ability it’s about having energy in the team at times.
“Everybody at Tranmere is here to play first team football, so when we think we can get more energy into the group we’ll do that.
“We won’t be reckless with it but we will bring people in who we believe have that energy to carry us forward. We’ve got such a strong squad that we have no hesitation in using them.”
McDonagh will travel with his Tranmere teammates to Peterborough on Saturday looking to build on his exciting performance