Former England man taunted over display

Kelvin Mellor tackles Ricky Holmes at Home Park on Saturday
Kelvin Mellor tackles Ricky Holmes at Home Park on Saturday

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Nicky Shorey has been taunted by the Plymouth opponent who got the better of him in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat.

Kelvin Mellor was involved in all three of the goals in the horror show at Home Park, with a marauding display from right wing-back.

But while his performance was impressive, his post-match comments were disparaging towards the former England international who has enjoyed an illustrious career in the Premier League.

In an article on the Plymouth official website, Mellor was especially critical of his more-senior rival’s performance.

The former Crewe defender said: ‘They (Pompey) were leaving a lot of space.

‘I don’t know what the left-back was thinking in the first-half – I was in so much space and I was on every time.

‘I don’t why he didn’t come and press me or get tight with me. Or kick me. Or do something.

‘The left-back has got tired legs – he is an old guy now – so that helped me.’

Thirty-three-year-old Shorey was nowhere near his best but he was not alone in a poor team performance.

Defensively, Pompey were missing their usual solidity and, once they were behind, they never really looked like making a recovery.

But the day started badly when Shorey tripped Lewi Alessandra in the first few minutes.

And while some Pompey players disputed the referee’s decision, there was certainly contact in the penalty area.

And the 23-year-old Plymouth man felt it was a definite spot-kick after delivering the pass for the striker before he was felled and crumpled to the ground.

‘It was a penalty,’ said Mellor.

‘Any player that gets touched in the box goes down these days – it is just instinct – and it was definitely a penalty.

‘I was going to shoot but I thought “no, I will make sure”.’

He added: ‘We have had a good start to the season, conceded the least goals in the league and stuff like that. We just need to keep going.’