Micky Mellon described Tranmere’s 2-1 defeat to Solihull on Tuesday as an “examination” – and ultimately it is one that some of his players failed.
The Rovers manager rotated his entire first team in a bid to keep them fit and fresh for their play-off semi-final at Prenton Park on May 5. That meant several fringe players, plus a number of members of the youth team, were given an opportunity to show what they could do.
But on a sodden playing surface thanks to heavy rain on the Wirral, a disjointed performance meant that few shone on an evening where Solihull got the points they needed to avoid relegation.
“I always want to be seen as a manager who develops young players,” said Mellon. “The opportunity was there for them to have an exam to see where they’re all up to, in order to see where their development has to be from.
“Of course, we have a situation where I want to keep all my first team group ready. They’ve played a lot of Saturday – Tuesday games. I wasn’t being disrespectful to Solihull in any way, or the league, because I think it was already sorted.
“We’re trying to prepare a group for a play-off game and this is the right way to do it because they’ve had a long, hard season with a lot of intense games.”
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