Gaffer frustrated after Tranmere defeatTown boss Micky Mellon was disappointed and angry after a frustrating afternoon for his side on the Wirral. Poor defending gifted struggling Tranmere two goals inside four minutes and a second half injury to Mickey Demetriou clearly incensed Micky, with the defender taken to hospital after lengthy treatment. Connor Goldson pulled one back but Town were below par and couldn’t find a way back into the game.
“We’re disappointed with the two goals we gave away that goes without saying,” said Mellon. “Giving away those goals like we did and leaving yourself with a mountain to climb leaves you too much to do. It’s not like us to defend like that so I’m not going to get too carried away. I’m disappointed with the great turnout we got, but sometimes when you make individual mistakes like that you have to move on very quickly.
“In the second half I wanted us to turn it into a Cup tie almost and we did that, but there were too many stop-starts. You struggle to get any momentum going when the game keeps getting stopped every time there’s contact. We gave it everything we had and threw bodies on to try and get something but it wasn’t to be.”
Shrewsbury lost skipper Liam Lawrence at 0-0 and the boss felt that his skipper might have a bad knock, but he was clearly furious with the foul which led to his left back getting stretchered off: “He’s (Lawrence) limping around and if it’s as bad as what it looks he might be struggling. But what I’m most disappointed about is I’ve got a player who’s had to be rushed to hospital. At the end of the day I cannot believe we didn’t even get a free-kick for that incident. That might be seen to be nit-picking but that’s outrageous.” When asked about the extent of the injury and how it had looked from the manager’s pitchside position he snapped: “I’ll tell you what. You watch it back. You watch the DVD and you tell me, because if I say something here I’m going to get in trouble for it. I’ll go and get you a copy of the DVD now and you watch it and tell me how the referee misses that. He’s (Demetriou) at hospital so we’ll send someone up to see how he is and try and get him home safely.”
Micky was asked about the growing casualty list and whether his hand may be forced in entering the loan market for cover: “You never want to get injuries,” said the Town chief, “but we’ll have a look at where we’re up to in the next few days and see what’s what from then on in, and adjust accordingly. We’re in a great situation if we want to look at the bigger picture but I’m only wanting to talk about today’s game. We’re disappointed to lose any game of football but we’ll move on quickly. We’ll prepare for the next game next Saturday, and see if there’s anything we need to do to do things better as we always do. One thing we do know is we can’t keep giving goals away like that and having to try and climb mountains two goals down.”