By George Williamson
Two goals each from Elliott Durrell and Danny Whitaker prevented Rovers from notching their 10th home league victory on the bounce, and brought their impressive unbeaten run dating back to the start of the New Year to a shuddering halt, and Mellon expressed his disappointment at the result.
He said: “Losing any game at Tranmere is difficult for us to accept because those are the standards that we set but we just move on like we do.
“That’s all it is, it’s three points.
“It would have been a valuable three points, we understand that.
“But we have to show character now, as we have many times before, we’ll come back in to training on Thursday and be prepared to work again.”
Mellon felt Rovers were unfortunate to go in behind at half-time, but also said that for a spell at the beginning of the second half, his side were the better of the two.
He said: “In the first half we played well and were unlucky to go in a goal down at the break.
“And then we came out in the second half and got the equaliser.
“We’re disappointed that so soon after that we gave away the types of goals that we did.”
“We’ll complain about them, they’ll say they were good goals, but we’ll say we should do better.
“That’s the nature of football.”
Despite chasing the game for much of the second half, Rovers neglected to make a single substitution, and Mellon explained that decision after the game.
He said: “We just felt that there wasn’t really any need to change anything, the threat that we get from the front two, you always feel like they might get you a goal.
“They’re all the type of players that you can expect at any stage to do something that could get you back in the game, and as the game drifted away from us there was no need to chase it.”
“We kept going, we never let our heads drop, we kept trying to do the things that we know we have done to try and get us success, we just need to be better at it in these big games and we weren’t today.”