Forest Green 2-2 Tranmere: Mellon wanted to click pause after dreadful start

Micky Mellon wanted to reach for his television remote and click pause during Tranmere’s 2-2 against Forest Green.

Rovers put in a disappointing first half display at the New Lawn, but they kept pace with the National League pace setters by twice coming from behind to grab a point.

The manager was disappointed with how his side played before the break, but was quick to pay tribute to his squad for turning things around.

“I’ll be honest with you, after 23 minutes I’d have liked to have stopped the game like Sky Plus and rejigged us,” he said.

“In the first half, we completely went off what we do every day. We were reacting rather than anticipating.

“People were coming off us and we weren’t at it enough.

“Then when we got the movement and the numbers ahead of the ball, we weren’t good with it.

“I just couldn’t get to the players. When you get like that, sometimes they get a bit of a fuzzy head.

“It means they need to get a composed head and get back on the job again and stick to the principles of how we play with and without the ball.
“We got a valuable point,” he continued

“It was a good game of football and tactical at times, which we enjoyed as a management team.

“But I want to back my players, and some of the chances we got, I think they’re good players and I’d expect them to score them.

“They had some decent blocks and a bit of fortune, and Mangan’s had three one-on-ones which on another day I’d expect him to score.

“So we’re pleased with a point, bit disappointed we haven’t taken our chances.

“But to credit the second half, you saw more of what we’re capable of.

“Some of the running off the ball was great, the defending and the pressing was better and as it was coming across the pitch we were working harder and stronger.

“Every credit to the players, they’ve got to go out and do it.”


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