PRE MATCH – Micky Mellon: “We’ve worked hard to get ourselves into a position where all the games are going to be big”

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon says his side are well prepared for this weekend’s visit to Dagenham & Redbridge as his side look to continue their charge towards National League promotion.

Rovers sit 4th with just ten games to play, and Mellon praised his side’s ability to put themselves in a competitive position at the business end of the season.

He said: “Every week all the games are big now and are great games to be involved in.

“We’ve worked hard to get ourselves in a position with ten games to go where all the games are going to be big.

“It will be a tough game, because they all are at this stage of the season, and we’ll be ready for that and try and perform as well as we can and pick up as many points as possible.”

The Super Whites’ away form has improved drastically since the turn of the year, which has contributed to Rovers’ successes to date, and they’ll need to continue to work hard away from Prenton Park if they’re to lift some silverware come the end of the season.

Mellon said: “We’ve been taking our chances when they’ve come, we’ve focused on keeping leads and digging in.

“We’ve been prepared and try to win every game we take part in, that’s never really changed.

“I know (Dagenham manager) John Still very well, he’s a fantastic manager and a great guy as well.

“It will always be a tough game down there, we need to be at our best, well prepared going down there and in the right frame of mind to pick up a valuable three points.”

Mellon also admitted his ‘one game at a time’ mentality hasn’t changed as the season draws to a close in a couple of months.

He said: “I’ve said before, and at the risk of sounding boring, you’ve just got to take every game as it comes.

“I know it’s a cliché that you hear a manager trotting out all the time but you just have to get prepared for the next game regardless of whether you’re playing at home or away, it’s the most important game and we have to get a result in it.”

“We just try to keep it simple, it’s not about whether the players buy into it, it’s just fact.

“The next game is an away game at Dagenham, that’s it.

“You can only take care of your own business.

“That’s all we can do, and then when that game’s finished we’ll look to see if everybody else has taken care of their business or not and then we’ll move on.

“It is just as simple as that.”

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