POST MATCH – Micky Mellon: “Young players deserve opportunity, Eddie Clarke done us proud”

 By Joel Lampkin

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon says that youngster Eddie Clarke did “everything asked of him” following his Man of the Match display against Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old was a surprise start against The Silkmen as he filled in for the injured Liam Ridehalgh but held his composure against a nippy and established player such as Elliot Durrell.

With two parts to play in his side’s two goals, Clarke showed he has the ability to help and support his teammates in all areas of the pitch something that the manager was “proud” of.

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Clarke runs down the wing with the ball

He said: “Eddie has done brilliant, he has come in and we have shown great faith in him and we could have moved a few things around and maybe played Adam Buxton at left back but I did not want to do that as the young players deserve their opportunity to come and play.

“Eddie has came in and done us proud. He did everything we have asked him to do and Eddie has had a massive hand in both the goals.”

On the man he replaced, Ridehalgh, the manager was “dissapointed” at the resulting challenge that has forced him out of the side but remains hopeful that the player will be back in “two weeks” time.

With injuries a common theme for Mellon as of late, it was a tough pill to swallow to have to bring off goalscorer Larnell Cole at half-time with further assessment required.

“Tweaked his hamstring a little bit, maybe just tweaked it but not so bad to be able to get them dusted off for the weekend.”

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Mellon hailed the fans as a positive but felt his players should have repaid their support

With no time to focus on regrets ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Maidstone, the manager was keen to get back to the training pitch with the draw something he hopes his players can learn from.

“We have to dust ourselves down as we always do, go through it again as we always do, and just hopefully the players try to learn from it.”

One positive note that Mellon took from the shared points was the travelling support of the Super White Army as over 600 fans turned up to cheer on The Rovers, whom he felt “let them down”.

“They deserved better than what we gave them, at the end we deserved to be going home winning, that is the disappointing thing, they have come over here in large numbers but right at the very end we let them down, no doubt let them down, and that is a tough one to take.”


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