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Micky Wants JPT Run

1 September 2014

Town boss looking to overcome Preston on Tuesday night

Manager Micky Mellon wants nothing less than for Shrewsbury Town to progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Preston North End on Tuesday night.

Town travel to Deepdale to face the League One side (7.45pm kick-off) in the first round of the competition, with the eventual final being played at Wembley Stadium.

And Micky believes the reward of a trip to the national stadium at the end of the JPT is enough motivation for his side to beat the Lilywhites in the midweek clash.

“We look at it as a chance to progress in a cup competition that finishes at Wembley, so we’ll be looking to get a result,” said Micky.

“It’s another fantastic ground with a lovely pitch, so it’s another good challenge for us to go up there and keep measuring where we’re at as a team against a very good League One team.

“They’re one of the biggest and most fancied clubs in this competition, but that doesn’t daunt us, and we’re looking forward to taking on the challenge and going up there to try and get a victory.

“We’ll draw on the squad and put out a team that we believe can get us a result.”

The Town boss confirmed he will be thinking about using new midfield signing Anthony Griffith for the trip to the North West.

“Griffith will come into our thinking as well, and there’s a few others that are pushing to get time under their belt,” said Micky.

“People get opportunities to carry the momentum forward and we look forward to it.”

And Micky is in confident mood ahead of the trip to Lancashire after Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to Luton Town in League Two.

“The lads played very well (on Saturday), I don’t think we can deny that,” he said.

“Pretty much everything we had been working on came together on the day.

“We won’t be getting complacent or thinking that we don’t have to work hard, though.

“We played some fantastic football and it’s always nice to play like that at home so that the home fans can enjoy their Saturdays. That’s what we said we wanted to achieve here for them.”


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