TRANMERE Rovers are focused on what manager Micky Mellon predicts will be a tough league game against Sutton United at Prenton Park this weekend.

Rovers beat 3-2 Sutton when the two sides met in April, thanks to a goal from Michael Ihiekwe in the 92nd minute, and Mellon is hoping for a repeat victory.

Looking forward to Sutton's return during a press conference at Rovers Solar Campus training ground this afternoon, he said: "We'll take care of our own game and try to make it as difficult as possible for them.

"Last time they were here they took strange goals against us, but that's football and you have to accept that.

"It's still a tough game; that's the beauty of the league. You have to be able to adapt and adjust.

"We have to go into the game knowing that we have prepared well and hopefully get something against a committed team early in the season." 

Mellon said that although team spirit was high, it is important to remain grounded in the early days of the season.

He added: "Our spirits are not too over-the-top, they're in the place they need to be.

"We don't want to get too high with the wins, too low with the defeats.

"We need to keep it constant and keep improving all the time; learning from the games and trying to do everything we can to do better."

"The players have settled in really well.

"There have a been a lot of situations during pre-season training and last couple of games that have helped build them as a group.

"I'm pleased that I've got a group of good players." 

Saturday's game follows Rovers 3-1 defeat of Woking at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.

It emerged during the press conference that Woking took to Twitter to congratulated Rovers on their performance after the game.

In response Mellon said: "It's the first I've heard about that, but it shows how good football can be at times.

"A lot of people get football and what it's all about really wrong. 

"When people get it right, it seems such a really big surprise to everybody.

"Woking are obviously a very good club, with good people there and it's nice for them to recognise the hard work that's put in.

"If they were impressed by us, that's nice to hear and good for the spirit of the game."