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Micky Mellon On Southend Draw

7 February 2015

Manager Hails Town's Battling Qualities

"At this stage of the season you want the games to keep coming," said Micky.

"You want them to keep ticking over and keep getting out there, and I think a few of the lads will be pleased to be getting a game so quickly after today because there will be a few in there that will be disappointed that they haven't hit the levels that we're used to."

However, the Town boss is pleased to see the next league fixture just three days around the corner - a trip to Carlisle United on Tuesday night.

"He's done his knee after slipping on the pitch. His leg has gone from underneath him so we'll know a little bit more over the next 24 hours, but at the minute he's got a sore knee." Micky revealed:

One of the downsides for Town was defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival having to be replaced by Jermaine Grandison due to injury in the 35th minute.

"That's what he's all about. He's a man, a big threat and he can score you goals like that," said Micky.

"It was a terrific finish and he quite clearly meant it. He's smashed it into the net and I'm delighted for him.

"When we started to look to play with a bit more energy and aggression at that end of the pitch, we looked a different team.

"As soon as they scored, we made a change and went to a back four.

"We tried to get a shape on that we had spoken about if that happened, if we felt that we had to get back into the game.

"We did that and it changed the course of the game a little bit. It made us look a little bit more of a threat at the right end of the pitch.

"We were aggressive and physical and it's worked for us."

Barnett was a deadline-day signing from League One side Peterborough United and proved his pedigree by netting the all-important equaliser on his debut.

"We had maybe too many players off it today, but in the end I thought it was a deserved point and a good point," said Micky.

"Southend are up there and there's still a long way to go. They're up there on merit and as you saw today it was a very tight game, but we'll be pleased with the point.

"When we're not at our absolute best and stroking it around like we're probably all used to seeing, you've got to show a different quality.

"You've got to show them battling qualities. We had so many players who were probably not at their best today to get a result and dig it out like that shows a different side to us."

And Micky, who felt his side weren't at their best, hailed the battling qualities Town showed to come back from behind late on.

But substitute Tyrone Barnett scored a sublime equaliser on his debut with five minutes remaining to earn Town an important point in the quest for promotion.

Phil Brown's Shrimpers took the lead in the Sky Bet League 2 clash at the Greenhous Meadow when Jack Payne fired into the top-right corner in the 54th minute.

Manager Micky Mellon praised the 'different qualities' Shrewsbury Town showed to battle back from a goal down and preserve their unbeaten league home record in the 1-1 draw with Southend United.

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