Micky Mellon: It was a “terrifically hard fought three points.”

By Josh Roberts

Micky Mellon was pleased to see his Tranmere Rovers side come away with a “terrifically hard fought three points” as they beat Maidenhead United 3 – 2 at Prenton Park on Saturday.

It was the Super White’s seventh consecutive victory at home, a run stretching back to October when Halifax were defeated 4 – 2.

Speaking after the match, Mellon said; “It’s a terrifically hard fought three points against a big strong side who we knew exactly what they were going to do.

“You know they’re going to pile your box with giants so you have to be competitive, you know that’s what you’re going to be facing all the time, so you’ve just got to be able to be good at that.”

Goals from James Norwood, debutant Josh Ginnelly and substitute Jeff Hughes secured the three points that keeps Tranmere firmly in the running for promotion.

But the man the boss heaped praise on was skipper Steve McNulty who suffered a nasty injury against Woking but failed to keep him out of the side.

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Micky Mellon post match after Woking on Steve McNulty’s injury.

“Without a shadow of a doubt the player we should be applauding in McNulty, his shin bone is in a right state and he comes in and plays like that,” said Mellon.

“We knew we needed that type of presence against a team like Maidenhead, its important you win the headers and you’re very competitive because they are a direct side. They make you defend from every stoppage, goal kicks, free kicks, long throws.

“You need people like McNulty to compete there, if you don’t got McNulty today you could be having a bit of trouble because the game was asking were we going to be good enough and aggressive enough from their set plays.”

With back to back wins for the first time in 2018 and Wrexham on the horizon next week, it’s a game Mellon is looking forward to and he will have more troops at his disposal when Tranmere make the short journey to the Racecourse ground.

“I’ve got a smile on my face, I’m looking forward to that one, the atmosphere will electric, it’ll be noisy, it’ll be a good game, we’re looking forward to it,” said Mellon.

“Cooky [Andy Cook] will be back as he’s served his one game ban, he’ll be back, young Eddie [Clarke] is probably not as bad, it kept him out today, he’ll come into contention.

“People like James Wallace knocking on the door, [Ben] Tollitt isn’t far away, and he’ll have another week under his belt. We’ve got some talented boys to come back into the group again at an important time in the season.”

Listen to the full post match press conference below:

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