It’s been tough on Tranmere Rovers of late; a relegation via PPG when survival looked likely was a big enough blow on its own, without manager Mickey Mellon then moving north of the border.
New boss Mike Jackson took charge of his second game yesterday, overseeing a 3-0 friendly defeat at home against non-league Warrington Town. The Yellows play in the Northern Premier League but outclassed their Football league opponents. Jordan Buckley gave the visitors a 1-0 lead just after the break before former Macclesfield man Jack Mackreth added a lovely second with 15 minutes to go.
Tranmere’s miserable afternoon continued when Mark Ellis hauled down Mackreth in the area six minutes before the end, with the 28-year-old dusting himself down and netting from the spot.
After the game, Tranmere boss Jackson claimed his side could have scored ‘a hell of a lot’ more goals, claiming it looked too easy at times. After conceding he also claimed he was then looking at the next game, which contributed to the late double salvo. In fairness to Jackson, it was a pre-season friendly after a five-month lay-off, with Tranmere’s break perhaps a little more turbulent than most.
Many fans understood that, but with social media’s eye intensely trained on any bit of news, there were plenty of supporters who felt the result was not good enough. Players might be feeling their way back in after the enforced break, but fans are hungry for action tom comment on and that means more scrutiny of meaningless training exercises as if they were the end of season relegation deciders.
That led to a series of contrasting opinions from Tranmere fans on social media last night, as you’ll see below.
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Yeah i am, but at the same time I’m not, friendlys are for one thing for players to get a run out an some game time an get their fitness levels back up from being out for so long but people are already worrying before the league has started it’s stupid mate.
— ᗪ卂几几ㄚᗪㄖㄚㄥ乇 (@Doyleyyy1998) August 22, 2020
Honestly some of the pathetic comments on here about the result and attacking Mike Jackson are embarrassing.
— Mairead??♀️? (@Ma1r3ad) August 22, 2020
Getting to know each other on the ball too, totally not a concerning result. Especially for a game we weren’t there to watch either ??♂️ I can’t imagine the “desire” was there to win as much as get a run out. For Warrington it would’ve been like a cup final. See us v Watford
— Unbekannt ??☠️ (@Gidsentinel) August 22, 2020
MJ on Tranmeres performance: "Could of scored a hell of alot more goals"
It finished 3 nil to Warrington mate ?
— John Murphy (@johnmurphy_mufc) August 22, 2020
Fans need to chill. We had a dire pre-season prior to our promotion from L2, summer before last
— AdrianB (@AdrianB95842261) August 22, 2020
I’m sorry to say but Jackson out he’s an awful manager club took the easy option appointing him now look where we are getting beat to Warrington we where playing at the stadium of light last season
— Bagnal (@TRFCBag) August 22, 2020
But dented morale in the process, with new manager already under pressure ?
— Rich (@Growlerxxx) August 22, 2020
I know it was only a friendly but it's a terrible result against an amateur team 3 leagues below. Can't believe not one goal in 2 games for Tranmere against greatly inferior clubs… at home as well. Let's hope it has no bearing on the season but probably is a sign
— big beat manifesto (@manifesto_big) August 22, 2020