POST MATCH: Micky Mellon: “Pretty much everything that could have went wrong went against us”

Micky Mellon summed up an “uncharacteristic” performance from his Tranmere Rovers side who succumb to defeat at the hands of AFC Fylde to end their run of five wins on the bounce.

The Super Whites started slowly and were punished for some defensive errors at Millfarm with a number of things going wrong for the visitors.

In a match that sees The Rovers remain in sixth position, it was a fixture that Mellon claims he will not too upset about following a good run of form.

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Norburn hangs his head as AFC Fylde grab a third (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

He said: “We played the same shape as we played the previous game but it did not pan out the way we wanted it to, we did not get people into the areas we wanted to get them in to because we did not keep the ball well enough.

“We gave it away too cheaply at times or the decision making was not what it was for the previous five games.

“My main concern is the performance, and we will go over that and we will digest that. We won’t get too disappointed with it, and we won’t overreact to it.”

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The substitution of Davies for Luke Pilling made little difference as Fylde scored twice in the second-half (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

As well as the defeat, Scott Davies was forced to leave the field just before half-time with the manager confirming that the goalkeeper is set to be out of action for a significant amount of time.

The shot-stopper has been an integral part of Tranmere’s success over the past two seasons securing 11 clean sheets in this term alone.

He revealed: “He has ruptured his groin on the field, so he will be out for some time, we will have to adjust and adapt to that as quickly as possible and have a think about how we want to go about that but that is certainly a big blow for us.

“A lot of stuff is individually crazy stuff that is so uncharacteristic it is important we don’t get too carried away.

“Pretty much everything that could have went wrong for us, went wrong.”

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Mellon remained respectful of Fylde’s performance as his side lost (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

With many looking for excuses for the poor performance, Mellon understandably refuted claims that his decision to drop Eddie Clarke to the bench in place of Liam Ridehalgh was a fault.

The 18-year-old full back has been a regular in the side since Macclesfield away but was absent from the starting XI against Fylde.

He said: “If we’re blaming a left back decision for losing some of the goals that we have been losing then we are nit picking.

“I am disappointed, it has not been our day, we are respectful of Fylde getting the result against us, we always do that but from our point of view, a lot of stuff was so uncharacteristic it just was not us.”

 

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