By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon praised the support of the Super White Army during his side’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Saturday afternoon.
He said: “I’ve never been here before, so I had to check where (the fans) were.
“When someone told me where they were I couldn’t believe how many of them there were.
“They continually got right behind the team from minute one to the very end.
“They played their part in an exciting game, I think, they’ve done a lot of justice to the division with great support.
“They got right behind us in a hard fought game and we’re disappointed we didn’t take all three points.”
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Ritchie Sutton opened the scoring at the end of the first half with a bullet header from Josh Ginnelly‘s drilled corner, but Dan Holman scored the equaliser early in the second half to cost Rovers all three points, and Mellon wasn’t best pleased with the nature of the equaliser.
He said: “For the first time, we’ve been done by overlaps. Their full-back got down our left-hand side, their right, and the ball’s gone across the face of goal.
“I haven’t quite seen the detail of it, but there were a lot of bodies trying to get a hold of it and then it broke to one of the Leyton Orient players and he’s managed to get it in.”
Mellon was happier with the quality of the set-pieces though, and praised Ginnelly’s cross for Sutton’s goal as a sign of a marked improvement in the deliveries.
He said: “The delivery from set-pieces I couldn’t complain about.
“We had a number like that, I think we hit the bar – was it twice? – from the same (type of) set-play as well.
“All in all, apart from putting the ball in the net and that little spell when the midfield lost its shape a little bit, I was quite comfortable to be honest.”
Rovers rise to third with the point, but slip four points behind the league leaders Macclesfield, and Mellon was asked whether he will rue the dropped points further down the line.
He said: “Eventually you will, no doubt about that, but you have to take things in context.
“Coming to Leyton Orient, it’s always a tough game and we’ll respect the point coming here at any stage of the season.
“It was a hard-fought game, we’re disappointed we didn’t take the one-on-ones and other opportunities, but we’ll dust ourselves down and not get too carried away.”