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Micky Mellon Post Accrington Stanley

19 August 2014

“We are obviously delighted to win another game at home”, Micky pleased with another win

Town welcomed Accrington Stanley to the Greenhous Meadow looking to continue their good start to the season.

It’s always a tough fixture but in the end an excellent first half performance saw Town go into the break 3-0 up and Accrington down to 10 men.

The second half was all Town who put in a patience performance but could only add the one more goal after Accrington dug in.

After the game manager Micky Mellon was pleased with the performance and the result:”We are obviously delighted to win another game at home and to win the way that we did was very pleasing.

“It is always a tough fixture when you come up against Accrington as they are always competitive and full of spirit so for us to pick up 3 points, score some goals and keep a clean sheeting is pleasing.”

It was another good performance from Andy Mangan who now has three goals in two games at the start of his Town career:”I know when I brought him here it gives us something different up front with that pace and movement and he will score you goals.

“He will be delighted like we all are to get this result.

“He wanted to get his hat-trick as he’s a goalscorer and wants to score all the time.”

Town went through last season without a single penalty being awarded, they were the only side in the whole of the Premier and Football League not to have one.  Tonight they were awarded one when Andy Mangan was taken out and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro stepped up and dispatched the ball past substitute keeper Jay Lynch:”Someone told me that it’s something like 17 months since we got a penalty so I wasn’t sure if anyone in the stadium knew what was going on as we haven’t seen one for so long.

“The players decide it on the pitch and if they are confident enough they’ll pick up the ball and I’m happy for Jean-Louis that he’s struck it into the back of the net.”

There was also a goal from Connor Goldson and it was pleasing to see others chip in especially from a set-piece:”It was good to see Connor score and it was from a set-piece so that is very pleasing.

“We have been a big threat from set plays but I have been disappointed that we haven’t taken our chances if I’m honest.

“We keep on speaking to the players about it as the delivery is good and their movement is good so Connor will be delighted with that.”

The way Town were playing and the amount of possession that they had could easily have seen a larger scoreline.  In the end Micky was pleased with the 4-0 and that fact that his side were not happy not to have run out winners by a larger margin:”It could have been more but we don’t want to be greedy because at the end of the day we wanted to get the result.

“If I tell you that the lads are unhappy with the way that they finished the game and were not pleased with certain spells during the game that will tell you the type of dressing room that we’ve got.

“I’m delighted with that way of thinking but I did remind them that they had won four nothing and they should have been pleased with certain things that they did.

“I like that way of thinking because we never want to think that we have achieved anything as we want to think that we can always improve.”

It was another game where the manager used his full quota of substitutes to give other players the chance to get some match time under their belts:”We gave others the chance and it’s important that we get the opportunity to do that and give people their chance.

“The games are relentless at the moment and I don’t remember a season where we’ve had as many games one after another.

“We are coming into a really tough spell and we trust the squad that we have to play first team football.

“We need to have everyone ready and able to come in when called up on and we are pleased with those who have come on tonight.”

The games keep coming thick and fast and on Saturday Town make the trip to Sixfields to take on Northampton Town.  Micky is expecting another tough test but believes this side will go there in a confident mood:”I hope we go there confident, the players should as we’ve played some good football in recent days.

“We’ll enjoy this evening and it is important that you enjoy your wins because we all know how fickle they are to come by at times.

“We’ll get back to work tomorrow and the lads will be back in on Thursday and we’ll be ready to go again for another important game,

“We know that we will have to be at our best on Saturday as it will be a tough test but we will be ready for it.”



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