MICKY MELLON: Cook and Norwood work ethic an “extra string in the bow” of Rovers’ strike force

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon says the work ethic of his top two strikers, James Norwood and Andy Cook, is the secret to their recent purple patch that has resulted in them combining for 18 goals together so far this season.

He said: “Obviously that amount of goals backs up (the idea that they’re the best strike force in the league) but they work very hard too.

“People like Lee Jones and Andy Parkinson, we draw from all the influences we can at the football club to help the strikers and we get the lads to work with them with the video footage and it seems to work for the boys.

“A lot of hard work goes into it, we did it to continue to keep the standards high, they’re working extremely hard from the front which is an extra string to the bow if you like because it allows everyone else to get in behind them and press that little bit better.

“But I’m really pleased for them and I’m really pleased with them.”

When asked whether the duo is the best strike force he’s ever seen at this level, Mellon shot down that notion by referencing a certain Premier League record breaker.

He said: “(Jamie) Vardy wasn’t bad.


Cook (pictured) and Norwood have combined for 18 goals this season

“Listen, we’ve got a long way to go, we’ve just got to keep trying to win games and not get too carried away.

“We haven’t done nothing yet, we just pick up three points to make up ground and keep working hard.

“All we’ve done is win another game of football, got a clean sheet, we’ll get dusted down and be expected to go again on Saturday.”

Mellon was also asked about his side’s budget, and their ability to bring players in if needed.

He said: “We had to free some budget up and some money to try and get some players into the building.

“We have a budget here at Tranmere at a very well run football club.

“We have to adhere to that, so we had to try and move a few things around that we felt we could get some money back into the pot if you like in order to bring in people like Dylan Mottley-Henry and (Ollie) Banks and big Gerry (McDonagh).

“We were going do that because we knew at some stage it would be a good option for big players from higher levels and the boys have come in and done great for us.”

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