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Micky Mellon On Carlisle United

9 February 2015

Manager Expects Another Tough Test

  • Micky believes Carlisle have improved under new manager
  • Gaffer wants his side to get back to winning ways
  • Nathaniel Knight-Percival could be out for the long term
Manager Micky Mellon hopes Shrewsbury Town can get back to winning ways at the first time of asking when they travel to Carlisle United on Tuesday evening.

Town face the Cumbrians at Brunton Park in the midweek Sky Bet League 2 fixture (7.45pm kick-off) looking to climb back towards the top of the league table.

But Keith Curle's side will be encouraged by their recent form having won four out of the last five in the league - the most recent being a 2-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

And Micky accepted that under new manager Keith Curle, Carlisle have become a much tougher team to beat.

"It's tough test for us against an improving Carlisle side," said Micky.

“We want the games to keep coming so we are glad we have another game, but it is not an easy game.

"They have a new manager, they have changed their personnel and their mentality is obviously changing as they got a great win at the weekend away against Tranmere.

"But we know we have to keep focused on our job and keep winning games to ensure we stay in the position we are in now."

The bad news is that defender Nat Knight-Percival, who has started 28 of Shrewsbury’s 29 league games this season, could be ruled out for the long term after coming off through injury in the 1-1 draw with Southend United.

Micky revealed: "He has a scan (on Thursday afternoon) but it is not looking good.

"At the minute we think he might have done the same thing as (James) Wesolowski so it’s a big blow for the boy and for us but we need to get on with things.

"It looks like he has gone to plant his foot and he thinks the pitch has given way on him and his knee has popped, it’s frustrating but there is nothing we can do about it."

And Micky revealed he is ready to turn to 24-year-old Jermaine Grandison, who has been at the club since 2011, to fill the void Knight-Percival’s injury has left him with.

"Jermaine has done really well every time he has been called upon," said Micky.

"Now he has his opportunity, but to be fair he has always been great for me and he was a bit unlucky to be ill over Christmas when the team went on a good run."

Micky also admitted he is also contemplating handing a first start to deadline day signing Tyrone Barnett after the forward came off the bench to rescue Town a point at the weekend against Southend.

"He scored some goal on Saturdayso he has every case to me to say what more can I do "It was a super strike and he is definitely on my thoughts for Tuesday."

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