Robins are rocked by Rovers’ fightback
TRANMERE ROVERS stormed back from a goal down to win at Cheltenham Town and maintain their play-off push.
Luke Varney put the home side in front, but second-half strikes from James Norwood, Ishmael Miller and Oliver Banks completed the turnaround.
After the match, Micky Mellon praised his Tranmere side for the way they turned the game around.
“I didn’t think we were good in the first half, but we hung in there and we came in 1-0 down at halftime, had a chat and organised people differently,” Mellon said.
“Giving credit to Cheltenham for the first half, I thought we overran them in the second.
“We showed a lot of good qualities I knew the players have, scored some good goals and could have had some more.
“We had that reaction in the second half and have earned a fantastic result.
“Hopefully that’s the first of many goals for us for Ishmael Miller.”
Cheltenham boss Michael Duff felt his side failed to build on an impressive opening 45 minutes.
“We were good first half, but needed to score a second goal and if we had I think we’d have gone on to win” he said.
“It was a poor second half and we can’t give up goals like that. There was no great play, they just walked through after whacking a ball down the middle of the pitch, getting in two or three times.
“It’s a bit of a reality check and I didn’t think we’d become a brilliant team overnight so the players have to get back to working hard.
“Tranmere have a bit of spirit and play for each other, but the goals weren’t good enough.”
Cheltenham took the lead three minutes before half-time when Varney finished low past Scott Davies after a deft touch from Conor Thomas.
Tranmere levelled less than a minute after the break when Norwood fired in at the second time of asking after his initial effort was blocked, with Jake Caprice supplying the ball in from the right.
Norwood was denied a second by Flinders’ fingertip save in the 51st minute, but after Flinders parried another attempt 10 minutes later, Miller followed up to give Rovers the lead.
Banks added the third in the 72nd minute, firing into the bottom corner after a poor clearance by Ben Tozer.