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Mellon living for the moment

25 May 2019

Play-Off Final-winning manager Micky Mellon says a lot of hard work has gone into this season, as he watched his Tranmere Rovers side gain promotion to Sky Bet League One in dramatic fashion.

Connor Jennings’ 119th-minute header took Rovers to the promised land and subsequently broke Newport County hearts, but Mellon has praised the Exiles’ grit and determination.

He said: “I am made up, there has been a lot of hard work gone into a fairytale of a day, I am delighted to be standing in this unbelievable arena and to come out on top and go up to League One is fantastic.

“We were never really tipped to be standing here as a League One club, the game was very tough, two sets of real honest players and I knew it was going to be like that.

“You have to give great credit to Newport, they stuck at it all the way and I knew it was going to be hard, they have real big heart, they’ll keep fighting for the manager and the club.”

The Play-Off Final win at Wembley means that Tranmere have achieved back-to-back promotions from the National League and Sky Bet League Two respectively, and the 47-year-old says he is going to soak up the moment before planning for next season.

He added: “The players deserve too much credit for what they have done this season, a lot of hard work has gone into it, we knew we could score goals this season and keep clean sheets, so I am delighted.

“Scott Davies made some game-changing saves too, we have a real fighting spirit in this team, we have been to Wembley a few times now over the years and nothing seems to daunt them really.

“I am not even thinking about next season yet, I’ll be honest with you, I am going to enjoy this evening, have a brilliant bus journey home and I’m going to make sure I take it all in and enjoy myself.”


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