Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon was satisfied with his team’s draw against Peterborough in the Emirates FA Cup feeling that the result was a fair one.
A slow first half was quickly turned on its head in the second as an error in the away-side’s defence allowed Jack Marriot to poke home from close range to open the scoring at London Road in the 52nd minute.
However, The Rovers were quick to reply as second-half substitute Andy Cook scored a headed equaliser in the 72nd minute as both sides pushed for a winner.
Few chances dropped for any side in the closing 20-minutes but Mellon felt that the result was one that neither side wanted following such a competitive contest.
“We have to be fair to both sets of players, both clubs, we went for the victory, none of us wanted the replay I believe I think we wanted to try and get it settled today.”
On the prospect of welcoming the League One side to Prenton Park, Mellon was looking forward to hearing the “fantastic” atmosphere he knows the Super White Army are capable of creating.
“On balance you would say both teams deserved to get another go, we’d be pleased about that, we’ll have a fantastic atmosphere up at our place and we will get another go.”
On the fan support today the 45-year-old Scotsman spoke highly of the travelling supporters feeling that “drove” on his players right until the end.
“The atmosphere was great, the fans were, I am bias but our fans were top draw from minute one until the end, absolutely magnificent, they drove us on.”
However, as Mellon now prepares for a replay on home soil on November 15th, he feels that this is just part of the rebuilding process at the club to get them back to where they belong.
“It is what Tranmere needs, because we are trying to recover here, we are trying to climb back, we should be playing against teams like Peterborough all the time, we’re used to that, these are the games that you want to be involved in.
“One of the ways of climbing back is getting results like we did today and being in the hat for the second round, for the replay and keep getting people through the turnstiles at home and we’re all working hard to try and do that.”
While the manager was complimentary of every one of his players today, he refused to single out any of the players feeling that all ‘played’ their ‘part’ in the draw.
“It would be wrong of me to single out any of them because they all played their part, the boys that came on from the bench [and] the boys that came off, I did not have any need to change it really it was just that we knew who we had on the bench, which is every credit to the lads on the bench.
“We felt that maybe they would go on and change it or give us something a wee bit different so that was no reflection on the ones we brought off.”
However, one unusual name in the squad was Jake Kirby as the midfielder who suffered a broken leg in February returned to the bench following a near nine-month spell out of action.
“It is a reward for all of his hard work, we have lost some very, very good players, it is just a shame that we have people like [Ben] Tollitt and [James] Wallace and Jack Dunn [have not] been able to come here and show people what they’re made of as well, – we’ve been hit bad.
“We have a lot of injuries to a lot of very, very talented players.”