Gaffer pleased with performance and deserved 3 points
Micky Mellon praised his side’s patience after their 1-0 win over Morecambe thanks to Andy Mangan’s 86th minute winner.
Mangan’s sixth league goal of the season secured another late win for Micky’s men and lifted them to second in the Sky Bet League Two.
Micky said: “I’m really pleased with the performance today because we never really lost our way, we kept trying to play the football that we know we are better at playing on a very tricky surface.
“We kept trying to play the right way and thankfully we got that opening, we picked that lock again and we got that well deserved win.”
Again, Town secured the points late on and Micky sensed that another victory was close.
“I’m delighted. I could just feel it building and building, I thought we were creating chances enough so I didn’t need to change it.
“I just felt that at some stage that door was going to open and we were going to get that winner.”
After last week’s 0-0 draw away at Cambridge, there were understandably some fears of a repeat of that result today.
“They were very dangerous on the break, they set up to try and counter as quickly as they could but I thought our back three were fantastic and dealt with two good footballers upfront. Thankfully we managed to see it through.”
Micky commended Andy Mangan’s introduction to the game, especially as he is not 100% fit, and his decision to bring the striker on.
He said: “When the game is like that and I’ve got to make a judgement call and decide what type of striker I needed, I thought it was going to be a fox in the box or a little poacher.
“They were the type of chances that were happening and thankfully he’s got on the end of one.
“He’s got a little bit of a knee problem that we have to manage him through. It gets sore and he has to constantly ice it.
“He hasn’t trained as much as he needs to but he’s a naturally fit lad and we try and keep him game-ready.”
Micky also hailed the team performance and the composure they showed.
“Right across the board I thought there were really good performances but what I’m most pleased about is the calmness.
“We kept calm and never started to panic and lump things into the box, we kept trying to play our football and trying to break the lines and get people into the little pockets and get turning and going to punish Morecambe.
“I felt they were clinging on at the end and thankfully we got that winner.”
Three points marks a great start to the congested festive period and Town can now look forward to the next two games.
“We’re at the right end of the table but we won’t be getting carried away.
“We’ll enjoy this evening, get the lads recovered over the next few days, we’ll go again on Monday then get prepared for another tough game on Friday,” Micky explained.