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Micky Mellon On Southend United

7 February 2015

Manager Wants To Correct Roots Hall Defeat

  • Micky believes defeat at Southend was a learning curve
  • Gaffer insists his side have improved ever since
  • He knows Phil Brown from his Blackpool days
“I know Brownie very well, I played with him and I always got on really well with him. He’s a good football friend of mine," said Micky.

“I always know his teams are well organised and they will be well up for it.

“It’s a massive game for both clubs, a game that you love to be involved in, as a player, as coaching staff or as fans, it will be great to get it on.”

Micky is also very familiar with Brown having played with him at Blackpool between 1994 and 1996 and spoke positively about him.

“I think everybody will want to take that (record) away from us, but that’s up to us to concentrate on what we do and fight to keep that," he said.

“It gives us a little bit more to fight for because I believe that, in every game, even though it’s a 46-game season, there’s different prizes to be won and one of them is for us to keep that unbeaten record.”

But Micky insists his side will be fighting to preserve their unbeaten home league record for the remainder of the season.

Phil Brown's side will be looking to become the first team to win at the Greenhous Meadow in the league this season.

“They beat us last time, so we owe them one," said Micky.

"We didn’t feel that we started the game very well (at Southend), we came out of the blocks too slowly.

“That Southend game has been one that we have referred back to a lot of times and we’ve spoke about the players and how we’re going to improve as a group, so we’re keen to show ourselves how much we’ve improved since the last time we played them.”

Southend ran out as narrow 1-0 winners thanks to a Shaq Coulthirst header after just two minutes in the reverse fixture at Roots Hall in September, so Micky is looking to for a scoreline in Town's favour this time around.

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

Manager Micky Mellon wants Shrewsbury Town to put right the wrongs of the 1-0 defeat at Southend United earlier in the season on Saturday.

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