Robins are rocked by Rovers’ fightback

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Daniel Nielsen

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.

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