By Peter Tscherewik
Micky Mellon believes that Tranmere Rovers cannot rely on teams ‘not turning up’ when they face his side at Prenton Park.
Rovers have won each of their last three home matches, and will be hoping to extend that run against Torquay United this weekend. The Super Whites currently sit in 11th place in the Vanarama National League table ahead of the busy Christmas period, but are more importantly just five points adrift of the illusive play-off places.
Tranmere have had what can only be described as a disappointing first-half of the season, with injuries proving to be the biggest stumbling block for the manager. However, Mellon thinks that the extended break will benefit his squad.
He said: “It gives us a chance to get over the injuries, and get everybody all freshened up. Gets everybody prepared and ready to go for the Torquay game.”
Despite all of the injuries sustained throughout this season, the lack of availability has enabled a number of youngsters to have a run out in the first-team squad, particularly in recent weeks.
18-year old Eddie Clarke was awarded the Tranmere Talk Man of the Match award against Maidstone United and Macclesfield Town, and the manager has been very impressed with the left-back and several other youth players that have been training with the senior squad.
He said: “All of the young lads that have come in have done really well, the question mark was always about how they’ll do when they get put out there.
“We always promised them that when the opportunity came we would get them prepared for that when they get out on the football pitch, with all the help we would need to give them.
“They still had to go out and deliver on that, and they all have, so fair play to them.”
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