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Micky Mellon On Blackburn Rovers Tie

11 August 2015

Manager Sees Cup Tie As A Great Challenge

"When I look at all the pictures hanging at the ground, I want my players on the walls," he said.

"You walk around and you see the celebration pictures and one of the things we said last year was ‘make sure we’re on the wall next season - get on the wall.

"Once you’re up there, no one will take you off because it’s a big part of the club’s history.

"Cup runs help achieve that."

Micky has also urged his side to use the pictures inside the stadium as inspiration for striving to achieve.
"There are things we took out of the weekend and we’ll try to instil them into the players to make them better and we’ll always look for optimism even in defeats," said Micky.

"We’ll look at why we won when we win as well. I took a lot out of Saturday and thought we were a bit unlucky to lose.

"I watched the game back again and there were a few individual errors - as human beings do - that cost us the goals but if I had a team of robots we wouldn’t be talking about it and we wouldn’t lose a game."

The Town manager has looked back on Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Millwall and insists his side will continue to strive to improve.

"The Chelsea game here in front of a full house is a stand-out memory but playing so well against Leicester, Norwich and Blackpool was great for the Club," he said.

"I think it’s because you get to play in these big stadiums against players the fans have seen on TV or ready about in the papers and it’s good to see them playing against your team.

"I think you get a lot of media interest when you do well in the cups and that can only be good for the players and the club."

Micky believes the cup represents a great opportunity for the Club to represent themselves well in front of the media.

"It will be a great challenge for us and a great opportunity for us on a fantastic pitch," said Micky.

"It will be another chance for the players to measure themselves against top Championship players.

"We don’t fear anyone - we’ll go there and do the best we can and concentrate on ourselves.

"We’re going there with a confident group and we know it’s a tough challenge.

"But it’s not one we’re frightened of and we’ll play the way we want to.

"We’ve had Blackburn watched going back to pre-seasn, had the DVDs and spoken to people who were there on Saturday so we’ve done our homework on them.

"We know enough to say it’s going to be a really exciting game and a brilliant challenge.

"We’re aware of their threats and we’ll try to nullify them and take the challenge on.

"We’ve prepared the players, dusted them down and we believe they’re ready."

And Micky insists his side are fully prepared for the threat the Championship team will pose.

Shrewsbury beat three higher-division sides - Blackpool, Leicester City and Norwich City - in the 2014/5 League Cup before bowing out to eventual winners Chelsea.

Town travel to Ewood Park in the first round of the competition (7.45pm kick-off) looking to repeat last season's efforts in the competition.

Manager Micky Mellon sees Shrewsbury Town's trip to Blackburn Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night as another great test for his side.

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