TRANMERE Rovers face Shrewsbury Town in what promises to be a tough League One clash at Prenton Park this Saturday.

Micky Mellon's side will be hoping for a win after last weekend's 4-1 defeat away at table-toppers Ipswich Town.

During a press conference at Rovers' Solar Campus training ground in Leasowe this afternoon Mellon - who will mark three years as manager on Saturday - said he was looking forward to facing his former team again.

Mellon, who was Shrewsbury's manager before taking over at Prenton Park in 2016, said: "I really enjoyed my time there, got on really well with the chairman.

"It's a club that I always look out for to see how they're doing.

"I enjoyed living there, loved being a part of the community there and the fans. I had a good time."

Tranmere are unbeaten in their last four home outings heading into Saturday’s visit of the Salop.

Sam Ricketts brings his side up from Shropshire, who sit 12th in the third-tier following a 3-0 home loss against Fleetwood Town.

Assessing this weekend's opponents, Mellon said: "They're a tough, well-organised side who will, no doubt, look forward to coming up and playing at Tranmere, like a lot of teams do.

"It will be another tough game and we want to go out there and keep showing progression; that's key for us."

Missing from Rovers' line-up this weekend will be David Perkins, following a hamstring injury, while George Ray is doubtful with a groin issue.

Calum Woods and Morgan Ferrier remain out, likewise Jacob Maddox, Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs, Mark Ellis and Kane Wilson.

Looking back on his three years in charge so far, he: "It's strange the way things work out, isn't it?

"I'm more pleased with the three years and it's great to have got to that milestone.

"My focus is on keeping the team moving forward.

"I've believed, every single week, that I've been able to pick teams that can get Tranmere results.

"It's still a group that's improving, still working very, very hard and I'm certainly looking forward to them continually improving.

"It's good to work with players who have that ambition to keep getting better."