Macclesfield 1-1 Tranmere: Mellon happy with draw as Rovers go 90 minutes from Wembley

Tranmere boss Micky Mellon was extremely satisfied with a draw at Macclesfield that leaves Rovers just 90 minutes from Wembley.

The 1-1 stalemate in the first leg of this FA Trophy semi-final tie was probably a fair result.

It most certainly gives the Super Whites something to build on in the return game at Prenton Park next weekend.

And Mellon thinks it just about gives his side the upper hand.

“There’s still work to be done,” he admits.

“But we’re pleased that we’re taking it back to our place all square.

“We look forward to getting it on now. We’ve got a very important game on Tuesday down at Torquay, but certainly I’m satisfied with that.

“I didn’t think we were anywhere near what we know we can do.

“I think we would call the performance professional.

“When it’s over two legs, you’ve got to be professional and if you’re not playing great, like the football you’d normally see from us, you’ve just got to make sure you do what we did and see it through.

“I didn’t think there were many chances in the game. There was a lot of huffing and puffing in front of us, which we get with our system, but we were never going to be too concerned about that. It wasn’t really troubling us.”

The highlight of the day for Tranmere was an impressive performance by Connor Jennings, who came on as a half time substitute.

He replaced Steven Jennings, who was struggling with a back complaint.

Mellon hopes it’s nothing too serious, but is unsure if he will be available for the game at Plainmoor in mid-week.

“I’ve said it many times, we’re down to the bare bones,” he said.

“We’ve got to get it right with how we use the squad. We have to try and use it as much as we can.

“He’s had to come off with a stiff back that didn’t enable him to continue in the second half.

“But I thought Connor came on and he was brilliant.

“We all know what good a player is. He changed things for us and gave us that little link that we needed.

“That’s why he came to Macclesfield, to get his fitness levels up and look more like he did today.”


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