Post Match- Micky Mellon: “You could end careers with challenges like that”

By Joel Lampkin

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon was incensed at the challenge on his captain Steve McNulty that resulted in the defender being taken to a hospital following his side’s 1-0 victory.

The veteran was forced to leave the pitch in the opening few minutes after a poor tackle from Declan Appau with the injury requiring medical assitance.

Liam Ridehalgh replaced McNulty coming in as a makeshift centre-back but the yellow card deemed offence left Mellon outraged during his post match press conference.

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He said: “I am not here to get people sent off. I love football, I love everything that football is about…you don’t not only have a responsibility to your teammates, you have a responsibility and some kind of honesty to your opposition.

“You can’t go around make reckless challenges like that because you can end people’s career. That’s how serious it was.

“It cannot happen, it just cannot happen, it cannot be allowed to happen, we have to not challenge like that, whenever it was in the game, no matter how nice the lad you believe that the lad who made the challenge is you can’t make these challenges.”

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The gash to Steve McNulty’s leg

The manager however decided to focus on the positives of today with the addition of another three points which sees Rovers climb up to fifth placed in the National League table.

Although, Mellon was convinced his players should have put away a number of chances he claimed he was happy with the overall performance of his squad.

He said: “We are disappointed that we never scored more goals but delighted we got the result.”

“We knew coming down here it would be very difficult, it is a very difficult place to come, we set out knowing that, there were certain things we needed to do, but let’s be honest we have had a hell of a lot of chances as well.

“They stuck in, they did not get disappointed, we dug in and done what the game was asking us to do.”


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