Micky Mellon on how the ‘Beast from the East’ has impacted Tranmere Rovers’ game preparation

By George Williamson 

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon told reporters in his Thursday press conference how the winter snowstorm, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’, has impacted his side’s game preparation over the past week.

Temperatures plummeted below -10 degrees in some areas of the UK, and Saturday’s scheduled home fixture against Gateshead had to be postponed as a result.

But it’s not just the fixture cancellation that has disrupted the Super Whites, as the gaffer explained.

He said: “We’ve had to be realistic in terms of getting some work done, and we’ve used the local community.

“Obviously it’s clear we can’t go out on the grass, even the 4G is frozen so we’ve managed to go down and do a bit of boxing on Tuesday, some indoor five or six-a-side on Thursday.

“It’s good to have a bit of variation, especially at this time of the season when you’ve done so much football, it’s been good to take the focus away from that when you have the opportunity to do so.

“To do something a bit different, have a bit of a laugh, but also on the serious side and getting hard work done, it’s been good.”

With Rovers occupying the 3rd spot in the National League table, they’re well set to mount a promotion charge and despite league leaders Macclesfield sitting seven points clear of the Super Whites, Mellon is refusing to give up on the title just yet.

“(It’s not over until) it’s mathematically impossible.

“We’ve never really looked further than the next game for us, wanting the next three points, and we’ll continue to do that until the end of the season.

“It doesn’t matter what situation you’re in at Tranmere, you’re still expected to win the next game.

“We’re aware of what’s happening around and above us, but the focus is on taking care of our business first, picking up as many points as we can, starting with the next game and moving forward from there.”

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