By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon insists his side have dealt well with the adverse weather conditions that caused the postponement of last week’s fixture as his side look ahead to facing Dagenham on Saturday.
Rovers were set to face Gateshead last weekend, but a belated winter snowstorm, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’, caused the game to be postponed, meaning Mellon’s side haven’t played a competitive fixture since February 24th’s 3-2 victory over Maidstone.
He said: “We try to bring the positives out of everything.
“(The break) gives us an opportunity to get some of the injured players back into the group again.
“The break was about getting the new additions into the building to know their surroundings and getting some work done as much as we can with the weather.
“We adjust and adapt to any condition, that’s what footballers have to do.
“You’re never guaranteed what the weather’s going to be like or who’s going to be available at any time so you’ve just got to adapt as best you can.”
Making the best of a difficult situation has certainly been something Mellon has re-iterated over the past fortnight, not only to the media, but also to the players, as he talked about some of the different things the team has been up to during the break.
He said: “It’s important at this time of year because it is so day-to-day and full-on that when you do get the opportunity it doesn’t do them any harm to give our minds a little rest.
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“We’ve been able to do that a little bit, keeping them physically moving obviously but just try to lighten the mood a little bit, have a laugh and do something a bit different in training.
“We took them boxing and spinning, just changing the environment a little bit and re-charging them.”
Although last week’s snowstorm seemed to have fizzled out, Rovers were hit by anther flurry of snow on Thursday morning, but Mellon insisted it won’t impact his side’s preparations for Saturday’s game.
He said: “We had the staff come in this morning at 8am to clear the snow, it took them about two hours to clear it.
“And then by about 11:15am it had all melted and it’s completely clear now.
“They’re the sort of things that happen at football clubs.
“This is the first time we’ve been out on the grass since, I think, last Monday.
“We’ve been indoors, we’ve been on the local 5-a-side pitch, done a bit of spinning, bit of boxing.
“But it’ll be nice to get back on a football pitch as quickly as possible.”