By Peter Tscherewik
“It’s about players doing their jobs, not tactics and all of that.” was the main line from Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon after the Rovers secured a convincing 4-0 victory against Maidstone United.
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The Super Whites were the better side right from the first whistle to the last, and the performance from all of the players will have given the manager plenty of confidence and something to think about in these next two weeks.
Tranmere have had a very tough time of it of late with a couple of disappointing results, but it is important to note that the Super Whites have won each of their last three matches at Prenton Park.
Speaking about the overall performance against Maidstone United, Mellon said:
“It’s about players doing their jobs, not tactics and all of that. They were brilliant today, and deserve a whole load of credit because of the way that they applied themselves and the way that they did their jobs, and finished off their chances when they came.”
Two first-half goals from James Norwood and Andy Cook gave Rovers the best possible start, and right from the outset it was as if the team had clicked and were relentless in how they pressed the opposition. Mellon was quick to praise the two strikers for not only their goals, but of how they helped the team play in general.
“That was an unbelievable finish, that first goal, that’s a fantastic finish. He (Norwood) gets across his man and nonchalantly flicks it in, it was a great finish, They two (Norwood and Cook) certainly set the tempo and the tone for how we played today.”
After going three games without a win in all competitions, it was important that the team bounced back quickly and they certainly produced a performance on the highest quality in this match.
The managers’ latest loan signings, Josh Kay, and particularly Ollie Banks have both started their spells at Tranmere brightly and Mellon was quick to heap on Banks after he impressed in the heart of the midfield.
“Banks is sublime isn’t he, I mean he’s a real pleasing player to come and watch but I don’t really want to go through any of them as individuals I think they were all superb.”, he said.
Despite the slow start to the season, the manager appears to be doing everything he possibly can to try and lift the team up the Vanarama National League table and suggested that if they can perform like they did against Maidstone on a more regular basis, then there’s no reason why Rovers can’t move closer to the playoff places.
Four of Tranmere’s next five matches are against teams that are currently situated in the bottom-half of the league table, with the exception being current leaders Sutton United. This two week period without a fixture could be a blessing for the manager, particularly in terms of personnel returning.
There was almost enough players to fill a full starting eleven that watched on from the stands at the weekend, but the manager described their absences and the way that those have replaced them as a positive thing in terms of the fight for places rather than a problem.
He said, “Yeah, without a doubt and they’ve given those lads in the stands something to think about as well which is important.”
The performance at the weekend was one of the best that Tranmere have produced all season, and yet Micky Mellon was very quick to emphasis that not only himself, but his players and staff will not get too carried away as they try and improve game after game.
“We’ll continue to try and improve and continue to try and get better, there will be bits of today’s game we’ll go over and we will take back to the players and say if that happens again I want you to be better than that, or if this happens in the game… and that’s strategy not tactics.”