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Micky Mellon On Grimsby Cup Clash

14 December 2015

Manager Warns Against Complacency On Tuesday

Manager Micky Mellon insists Shrewsbury Town must not be complacent against Grimsby Town on Tuesday night.

On Ian Black (suspended) and Larnell Cole, Micky added:
"He (Jayson Leutwiler) is improving, it’s not as bad as what we felt it was," said the Town manager.

"Mark stood in and did fantastic (at Peterborough)/ He’s moved in seamlessly to be fair but he’s a good goalkeeper.

"He probably didn’t make as many saves as people will want him to believe (against Peterborough) but he made one or two very, very good saves, other ones I would expect him to have made."

Micky also gave an injury update of his squad, with goalkeeper Mark Halstead set to stay between the sticks in the absence of Jayson Leutwiler.
“We're happy to be back (at home), it’s been six tough games away from home," said Micky.

"It could have been difficult to get any momentum going because it’s difficult to play away from home, as anybody will tell you.

"The lads have been superb, put in some really good performances and got some really good results, but it’s always important that you enjoy being at home and now we’ve got the opportunity to do that in the next three games, we’re looking forward to it."

Town are back on home soil having played six games of their last eight away from home, and Micky is pleased to be back in front of the Town faithful.

"It's another game that we’re looking forward to, it’s nice to have a cup tie at home,” said Micky.

"Under the floodlights, the FA Cup, getting near to Christmas, it’s a good time of year to play in these types of games so we will be looking forward to it. 

"It should be a good tie.

"They wouldn’t turn up if they never thought they were capable, so we know that they’ll come down here and want to grab that third round spot.

"We need to be on our guard and make sure that we give it our full attention and try and get into that third round."

Although Micky is wary that the Mariners will fancy their chances too after earning a goalless draw the first time around.

Town take on the Conference side in The Emirates FA Cup second round replay at Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off) as they look to book their place in the third round, with the winners facing a trip to Championship side Cardiff City. "Black trained on Monday, he’s got a bit of a swollen foot.

"He would have been suspended anyway, so we’ll get him back as quickly as we can.

"Larnell has been struggling but he’s been on the training pitch on Monday.

"We’ll see how he does over the next 24 hours."

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