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Micky Mellon On Stevenage Clash

22 January 2015

Manager's Thoughts Ahead Of Home Fixture

  • Micky focused on one half at a time
  • Shrews take on Stevenage on Saturday
  • Manager also pleased with competition in squad
Manager Micky Mellon believes Shrewsbury Town's 3-0 win over Hartlepool United last weekend can kick-start a successful run leading into the last 20 games - starting with Stevenage on Saturday.

“Dave’s a great lad and I really enjoyed having him here, it’s just that our midfield area is so strong and Dave needs to go and play first-team football, and he’ll get that opportunity at Stevenage," said Micky.

“We wish him well with that, apart from when he plays us.”

Town will come up against an old friend in Dave McAllister at the weekend after the 26-year-old recently moved to Saturday's opponents Stevenage.
“It’s a really cruel blow for the boy and us as a team but more so for the guy because he is such a fantastic lad and a brilliant player for us," said Micky.

“We have to move on now without James and make sure that we represent him for the rest of the season because he’s done a lot of great work to get us in the situation we are in.

“We’ve got Keith Southern in now who will come in and do an equally fantastic job as well.

“Keith has obviously been there, done it and got the t-shirt playing in the Premier League.

“He knows his way around the leagues and has done promotions before so it’s a fantastic edition for us to have a player like that come to us and we must thank Fleetwood for allowing such a talented player to come in and help us out for the rest of the season.”

Town will be without James Wesolowski this week and potentially for the rest of the season after the midfielder went off after 17 minutes against Hartlepool with two ruptured knee ligaments.

“It’s great to have that competition for places because it keeps the standards high and everyone accepts that if you are not playing well or if we want to do something different we have a very strong squad," he said.

Micky is not short of quality strikers and knows that competition for places is only healthy for his squad.

“He has this knee injury so we take it day by day," said Micky.

"We won’t try and be clever like that, we just have to make sure that he is available as much as possible. If the game was today he would be available.”

Strikers Andy Mangan and James Collins both found the back of the net last week and Micky is hoping that Mangan will be fit enough to complete a full 90 minutes on Saturday.

“We’re halfway through what has been a very competitive season and nothing has changed, we’ll just keep our focus and we take one half at a time like we always have," he said.

“We’ve just got to keep trying to turn that points total over and keep enjoying our football.

“We are excited about playing at home and excited about playing these last 20 games.”

Although Micky insists his side are just focused on taking it one game at a time as they have done all season.

Town take on Graham Westley's side at the Greenhous Meadow this weekend (3pm kick-off) looking to move even closer to the summit of the Sky Bet League 2 table - and potentially go top if results go their way.

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