‘Already under pressure’, ‘Fans need to chill’ – These Tranmere supporters are divided after poor friendly showing

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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