Mellon reflects on a “very special day for Tranmere”

Following Tranmere’s promotion to League 2, Rovers’ manager Micky Mellon was brimming with “pride” as his side beat Boreham Wood 2-1 after going down to ten-men after just 55 seconds.

Tranmere defender Liam Ridelagh, saw red seconds into the National League Promotion final after a late lunge on the Woods’ Ricky Shakes and Mellor believed the decision was the correct one. “I think he was caught up in the occasion, he was a bit reckless and you cant leave the ground like that.”

The win doesn’t just end a spell of three years outside the English Football League but it saved worker’s jobs at the club. “We’ve suffered, people have lost their jobs so it’s an unbelievably proud moment.

At full time, Mellor was seen running towards the Tranmere fans in celebration. “I’ve had some special days in football, I’ve had my fair share, but everything to contend with today, the red card, (as we are on the) right end of a result we’re delighted, means so much to everybody in the football club.”

Mellor couldn’t have thanked the near 11,000 Tranmere fans who backed their team all the way and it gave the players “extra energy” on the pitch.

Overall Mellor was most proud of his players for “sticking to their jobs” to see the result over the line. It was Promotion final heartbreak last year as Rovers lost to Forest Green Rovers but this year it was jubilation as Mellon won his second promotion to League 2.

Sub-edited by Ciaran Wiseman

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