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Micky Mellon On Oldham Athletic Clash

20 August 2015

Manager Wants Town To Stick To The Plan

Manager Micky Mellon insists Shrewsbury Town must be patient and stick to the plan heading into Saturday's game at Oldham Athletic.

Town travel to Boundary Park in Sky Bet League 1 at the weekend (3pm kick-off) looking to pick up their first three points of the season.

And Micky believes his side must learn from their midweek defeat at home to Chesterfield.

"Like all games that we're learning at this level, they're very tough and very tight," said Micky.

"You don't get your own way. On Tuesday for the first 35 minutes we couldn't break Chesterfield down, so you've got to try and stay patient and try to find a way.

"It will be like that for the rest of the season. We expect no different on Saturday, it will be another tough challenge.

"We've got to stick to the plan and continue doing the things that's got us into the situation that we're in.

"We lost our way a bit (on Tuesday) and after watching the game back, my own feelings after the game were that, after 30-35 minutes, for some reason we came off the plan.

"This is a new level now. People aren't going to let you steamroller right through them.

"We've got to keep prodding and probing and trying to find ways around 4-4-1-1 formations and tight, packed defences, and not get frustrated and stick to what we're doing.

"It will be the same as Saturday. We've got to stay patient and keep trying to find a way.

"We've got to stick to the gameplan and stick to the way that we play."

Micky has stressed the importance of picking up that first victory sooner rather than later, given how tough the third tier in English football is.

"We've got to get a win as soon as possible, that's for sure and that's what we're trying to do," he said.

"As important as that, we've got to keep doing the things that we know will get us that win.

"That's all the things like closing people down and passing with a purpose, the movement and the aggression when the ball comes in the box and the other side of it getting it back.

"We'll pick a team that we think will go there and get us a victory."

Defender Connor Goldson completed a move from Shrewsbury to Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday evening.

And Micky praised the 22-year-old for his work ethic during his many years with Town.

"He did terrifically well for us," said Micky.

"He was one of the first on the training pitch and one of the last off it."

As Goldson was vice-captain for the team before his departure, Micky will now look into who can become the new vice-captain but says there is no rush over the decision.

"We have actually spoken about it and it's not something that we've made a decision on yet.

"When we believe the decision has to come our way, we'll make the decision then.

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