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Micky Mellon On Draw With Fleetwood Town

26 December 2015

Manager Disappointed With Goal Conceded

“We’ve got to be mentally tough and be able to do this in English football and get going again,” he added.

“We need to get recovered now as best we can and be ready for another important game at Crewe on Monday.

“He’s (Junior Brown) took a knock to his groin. He got it in the first-half and he landed awkwardly so we’ll assess it within the next 24 hours.”

And with Monday’s opponents Crewe having their Boxing Day fixture postponed, Micky is adamant that tiredness will be no excuse.

“He (Jordan Clark) showed the talent that he’s got,” added Micky. “The ball was ricocheting all over the place which was down to the conditions and we were grateful to see him get on the end of it.

“Liam (McAlinden) worked hard and ran hard. Some things came off for him some didn’t but I think that was the story throughout the whole team.

“We wanted to try and get what pace we do have, up at the end of that pitch. We know that we’re a team lacking pace now that we’ve lost the likes of (Larnell) Cole (injury) today and (Sullay) Kaikai (recalled) so we just looked for anything to try and get a bit of pace up top.

“He’s a striker and he’s quick. He deserved his opportunity and we just wanted to try and replace a talented lad with some pace.”

Despite the setback of a late leveller, Micky was pleased with the contributions of his players, especially the two that linked up for the goal.

“The ball gets switched across the pitch and we get caught a bit narrow and then the front man is allowed to turn. We might be able to do better with diving in on the edge of the box but then we lose our runner and he puts it underneath the goalkeeper so it was a catalogue of little errors at an important time." And on the goal Micky commented:

“We know the areas that we need to improve in,” said Micky.

“I would certainly have liked us to pass it better but these are the things that you’ve got to keep improving.

“Fleetwood did well with their full-backs but we in that third stood our ground and battled away but what we needed to do better was when we got the football back and be better with the ball.

“We weren’t good enough with the football."

In tough conditions, which saw games throughout the Boxing Day calendar postponed, Micky feels his side need to improve on their possession of the ball and pointed to a ‘catalogue’ of errors when it came to defending the visitors’ equaliser.

“We’re disappointed with how we lost the goal,” said Micky.

“I think it was about six or seven minutes to go. You want to shut up shop and try and see it through.

“It’s extremely difficult conditions to try to play any kind of slick attacking football and I think it was like that for both teams so I think we will be pleased with a point and in the end it could be a valuable one.

“But the main thing is we haven’t lost the game. You don’t want to be losing games to teams around you.”

But a strike from substitute Ashley Hunter with just six minutes remaining ensured the Cod Army went home with a point.

Jordan Clark’s goal-bound shot deflected in off Liam McAlinden to give Shrewsbury an early lead and, despite the howling wind and subsequent rain, it looked as though it might be enough for all three points.

nager Micky Mellon was disappointed to see Shrewsbury Town concede a late goal at home to Fleetwood Town on Boxing Day.Ma

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