Manager excited to take on Dave Flitcroft's sideManager Micky Mellon is excited to go up against close friend David Flitcroft as Shrewsbury Town host high-flying Bury on Tuesday night.
Town will be hoping to continue their eight-match unbeaten home run when they take on the Shakers - who sit second in Sky Bet League 2 - on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).
And Micky could not hide his excitement going into a busy week for the club, which will see further home games against Portsmouth and Chelsea.
“We’ve got a fantastic week coming up with three unbelievable home games against three top clubs at this time in the season," said Micky.
“It’s a week that we promised as a group, players and management to give the people of Shrewsbury and we want to continue to do that”
When speaking about the Bury game specifically, Micky said he was impressed by the Shakers' form and insisted his side are relishing the challenge of facing one of the division's early pace-setters.
“At the minute they are the benchmark because of what they have done in the first 12 games," said Micky.
"We're looking forward to Tuesday night and going out and seeing where we are up to.
“We're looking forward to the challenge, we have been since the final whistle of Saturday’s game. I'm sure the fans are as well because the players certainly are and the staff certainly are.”
Speaking about new loan signing Jack Grimmer, who could make his home debut against Bury, Micky continued: “He (Jack) has great pedigree, and in his short career he has gone from Aberdeen to Fulham and been a regular for Scotland's under-19s.
“He is a very good player and we are happy to have him here.”
And Micky had positive news regarding forward Andy Mangan, who took a blow to his knee-cap in the 1-0 win at York City on Saturday.
“(Andy's knee problem) is hopefully not as serious as we thought," said Micky.
"It just looks as if it’s a bang but we have sent him for a precautionary scan today to see absolutely what’s up if anything”
“It is mainly just to put his mind at rest if anything, but it’s looking positive and he could feature against Bury."
Bury manager Flitcroft worked with Micky at Barnsley and the Town boss is now looking forward to locking horns against him.
“He is a great guy and a good friend of mine and I don’t use the term friend loosely, everyone thinks they have one hundred but in reality people probably only half a dozen and I’d count him in mine," said Micky.
“He is doing a really well at Bury which I am not surprised at because he will be working his socks off all the time to try make it happen.
“I guarantee he will know that we will be ready for him."