POST MATCH: Micky Mellon – “I don’t think anyone in the stadium can say we didn’t have the most clear-cut chances”

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon lamented his side’s missed chances as they drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Ritchie Sutton‘s bullet header on the stroke of half-time gave Rovers the lead, but they were pegged back by Dan Holman early in the second half.

The game itself was end-to-end thereafter, and Rovers hit the woodwork three times in a crazy three minute spell with twenty minutes to go, but ultimately failed to find a winner.

On the woodwork denying his side all three points, Mellon said: “It’s not just the woodwork though is it?

“I think you’ve got to describe how the game went accurately.

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Ritchie Sutton (pictured here celebrating against Wrexham) bagged his 4th of the season against Leyton Orient, but it wasn’t enough to secure all three points.

“In the second half, apart from the first ten or fifteen minutes, we weren’t in any kind of trouble, but we couldn’t get the quality into the front players.

“We had, I think, four chances that on any given day you’d be disappointed not to take and that’s just me being honest, that’s the standard we have here and that’s what happens when you play for Tranmere.

“You make the chances and you have to take them. We didn’t, and that’s probably the tale of the game.

“I don’t think anyone in the stadium can say we didn’t have the most clear-cut chances.”

Mellon was also complimentary of Leyton Orient, despite them languishing near the foot of the National League table.

He said: “It’s a tough place to come, before I even came here I knew it was going to be a difficult game.

“To take four points off Leyton Orient out of a possible six, you’d say we’d be pretty happy with that.”

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Micky Mellon on the returning Scott Davies: “He’s worked hard to get himself back in shape.”

Scott Davies returned to the starting line-up for the first time since tearing his groin on New Year’s Day, while Ben Tollitt got more minutes under his belt off the bench, and Mellon seemed pretty happy with both of their performances.

He said: “(Scott Davies) is obviously a big character and a big part of what we do.

“He worked very hard to get himself back in shape.

“Having him available today, thankfully it’s worked out well for us.

“(Ben Tollit’s) danced by pretty much everyone on the pitch, then he’s let Norwood in.

“You think ‘here’s another golden opportunity’, but we couldn’t take it.

“But we’re creating chances, I’ve said it all along: as long as we keep creating them you’re reasonably happy.

“You’ve got a problem if you’re not creating them, but we created an awful lot of opportunities today.”



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