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Micky Mellon On AFC Wimbledon Clash

13 February 2015

Manager Expecting Another Difficult Game

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"His recovery is coming along well," added Micky.

"It is important that we have him around the place as he is a great lad to have around.

"The plan is to have him back before the end of the season, but in football anything can go wrong.

"We are ideally hoping to have him back in three or four weeks but Andy, being the lad he is, could maybe come back even quicker."

And Micky is also hopeful that forward  Andy Mangan, who has eight goals in nine league starts, will be back on the pitch before the end of the season.

"We all knew the qualities James would bring to the group and so far he has done that," said Micky.

"He needs to continue to keep doing for that for us as it is important for us to have someone who can.

"Not a lot of people would give him credit but at that point in the game it easy to lose your focus and blaze it over the bar, but he has kept his focus and put it in the top corner."

Micky also spoke highly of striker James Collins, who now has 13 goals in 27 starts, after he netted the late winner against Carlisle at Brunton Park in midweek.
"It is the best place to be and at the end of the day it is where we want to be come May," he said.

"But we will not get carried away, we will look at it as work that has been done but it is what happens now in the next 16 games of football, starting with Wimbledon, what matters.

"We still can keep improving. We should never think we're finished, so we need to keep pressing and prodding to get better in everything we do."

And despite sitting on top of the pile, ahead of Burton Albion on goal difference, Micky is still looking for his side to continue to improve.

"Our fitness coach Andy Hodgen has done a terrific job, the lads are really fit," said Micky.

"But all the staff play a massive part in what’s achieved here.

"It isn’t just that as well, it is about commitment and desire as well to believe that in the final stages of games that you’re able to do that."

Following the late turnaround at Carlisle United on Tuesday, which means Town have now picked up 18 points in the closing stages of games, Micky had positive words for his players' mentality and the work of his coaching staff.

"They have had a couple of good results recently against teams that are the top end of the table," said Micky.

"We know it will be another tough challenge as all games are in this division.

"We will have to make sure we are at our best in everything we do to in order to try and get a result against a really well-organised Wimbledon side."

And Micky accepted it would be a tough game but insists that, despite the busy week, his team will be prepared and ready to go.

But Neal Ardley’s Wombles are unbeaten in their last four and are now just five points of play-offs.

Town face the Dons in Sky Bet League 2 at the Greenhous Meadow this weekend (3pm kick-off) looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Manager Micky Mellon expects another tough test for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday when they take on AFC Wimbledon.

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