Micky Mellon: “Andy Cook and James Norwood were superb”

A dominating 2-0 victory ver Dagenham & Redbridge for Tranmere Rovers sends The Super Whites within touching distance of the National League playoffs, and much of the credit lies with strike pairing of Andy Cook and James Norwood according to Micky Mellon.

The Rovers boss was full of praise for the frontmen with ‘Nors’ bagging the opener after just five minutes following some great link up play with his partner in what was just a taste of the scintillating footballing the duo delivered.

Speaking of the two Mellon said: “Yeah they were superb, superb all day, really worked up there. When you sort of play 4-4-2 against that extra man in midfield, you know the price that you sometimes have to pay maybe you have to lose a wee bit of possession because they have the extra man in there but the boys did well.”

Norwood and Cook created heaps of problems for the away-side’s back four with their high intensity work rate with the manager describing their pair as a “constant threat” going forward.

They looked a constant threat each time that they went forward so that was the sort of payoff for playing with the front boys and the two wingers.

While individual praise was being dished out, Man of the match Jay Harris played as a “seasoned veteran” according to Mellon despite the midfielder rarely playing in the defensive role throughout his career.

The no.8 was thrust into the position following a first half injury to Mitch Duggan who only recently returned to the side, but the 30-year-old put in an assured and inspired performance from the right full-back slot.

The injuries that we get early on, – Jay Harris has to get in there and plays like a seasoned veteran at full-back, all over the pitch [we were] very positive.

It is all credit to them because we work very hard on team shape and we work very hard on making sure everybody knows their jobs, so even when you’re playing in a different position, you know what it takes to play in another one so the boys have obviously watched that.

As well as Duggan, Rovers midfielder Jeff Hughes suffered an injury in the first period also, with Mellon hoping to avoid any more “bad-luck” following a series of serious injures a number of starting eleven players have picked up in the past year.

They both have hamstring tweaks which, you know you are disappointed in that, we will look into that and see if we can work out a reason why they are getting them. Maybe it is the time of the season or whatever but hopefully it is not too bad.

We all know if we do it bad you are looking at six-weeks [out] there and we could do well without having any bad luck in terms of injuries so we will see how that settles down in the next few days.

With Ben Tollitt, Elliot Rokka, Jack Dunn and James Wallace, all still unavailable it is dual injuries that Mellon could do without, as his side prepare to take on Peterborough in a Emirates FA Cup replay at Prenton Park on Wednesday night.

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