By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon expressed his bitter disappointment at his side’s 4-1 defeat to league leaders Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night at Prenton Park.
Danny Whitaker and Elliott Durrell both grabbed braces as Town moved five points clear at the top of the National League, while Andy Cook‘s goal wasn’t enough to stop Rovers slide to 6th.
Mellon said: “I think it’s pretty obvious we’re disappointed to lose a home game.
“With three big points at stake we’re obviously going to be disappointed.
“We’re disappointed with certain moments because we got into good positions and we never showed the quality that’s needed to be the difference in games that carry such a valuable three points as they were tonight.”
“I thought we got ourselves breaking onto their back four quite a lot, but we weren’t good enough really or composed enough to go and finish off the moves.
“When the chances came we didn’t take them in a tight game, and I think that was the story of the first half.
“To be fair to the boys they kept going and kept fighting till the end.
“They’ll be disappointed with tonight but it’s about dusting ourselves down and getting on with it and moving on very quickly.”
Andy Cook did score an equaliser shortly after the break, and although Mellon was pleased with the goal itself, he acknowledges that after the third goal went in, it was difficult for Rovers to respond.
He said: “At 1-1, I thought we’d got ourselves back into it.
“It was a great cross from (Ollie) Norburn to Cook and he finishes it great.
“From there, you think ‘here we go’, but we’re disappointed with the defending from there on in.
“I don’t know if (Macclesfield’s third goal) was a penalty or not, we’ll have a look but it seemed harsh.
“I don’t think he’s used his hand to gain an advantage, but at 3-1 that makes it difficult for us.”
The Rovers boss knows there’s a lot of work to do behind the scenes on a quick turnaround before Saturday’s game with Maidstone, but he’s more than ready to put in that work to get the team over the defeat as quickly as possible.
He said: “We’re going to move on, we know the detail in all of the moments that we want to get better at, it’s not the time to dig certain things out.
“We have to show character now, as we have shown many times before, we’ll come back in to training on Thursday and be prepared to work again.
“We’ll move onto Thursday now, we’ll comb over the performance and if there’s things in it that we need to speak to people about, we will.
“But it won’t be digging people out, we don’t work like that.
“They don’t need me standing here and telling them what they already know.”