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Micky Mellon Pre-Luton Town

6 January 2015

Manager's thoughts ahead of Hatters trip

Watch of short clip of Micky's pre-match interview below.

“He has trained with us this week, he is back and in the group and he is looking healthy," said Micky.

“As of this minute he will be in the squad on Thursday, he has done well at Stevenage and got some games which was the point in the loan."

And Micky was upbeat on Dave McAllister as the midfielder this week returned to the first team training following his loan to League Two rivals Stevenage and is likely to be involved in the squad on Thursday.

“It is a difficult one as he has a niggling knee complaint, so we're trying to nurse things along," said Micky.

“We’re just trying to use him as much so we always have him available as this little niggling thing can irritate and could put him out which we do not want.

“He is different to the other strikers we have in the team, he has that little turn of pace and getting on the end of things in the box as he is a good finisher.

"He played an hour up in Liverpool on Monday so he has that under his belt."

Micky insisted he was in no rush to start Andy Mangan in games as he continues to carry a niggling injury.

“It's an exciting game for us again, we want to be involved in as many exciting games possible, that is why we are all here, so we are really looking forward to it," said Micky.

“I always look forward to going there and taking part in games because it does have a great atmosphere, the fans are really passionate so I am looking forward to going there with my team.

“Earlier in the season we got an early goal and that set the tone for the game, I always knew they would be difficult opposition.

"They are a big club and they have strong players who have carried on the momentum from last season.

“I am not surprised about where they are in the league and I think they will stay up there for the rest of the season.”

And despite Shrews beating Luton 2-1 at the Greenhous Meadow earlier in the season, Micky is taking nothing for granted heading into the fixture but insists he is looking forward to the trip.
“A lot of hard work has got us into a great position but we have to carry on that momentum now and keep the performance levels high and try to put a finish to all of the little moves we do," said Micky.

“The lads have been bright in training as they should be as the performance at Burton was good and it was probably just the final pass as I keep saying and maybe the finish which was disappointing.

"Apart from that I was very pleased with everything else about the performance."

However, Micky is putting the table aside and making sure his squad maintain focus.

Town travel to Kenilworth road for the midweek fixture (7.45pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 1) looking to climb back towards the top of the league table after the defeat at Burton Albion.

Manager Micky Mellon is wary of Luton Town ahead of Shrewsbury Town's Sky Bet League 2 clash with the Hatters on Thursday night - insisting that the newly-promoted side are well worth their play-off place.

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