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Micky Mellon On Harriers Friendly

27 July 2015

Manager Expects A Different Kind Of Test

  • Town travel to Aggborough on Tuesday night
  • Micky expects a different test to last three games

  • Manager confirms there are no fresh injury concerns
"The game will be 100 percent on. We heard the reports and made the phone calls and were assured the pitch will be of a standard to host good football.

Micky has also assured fans that the game at Kidderminster will be on despite concerns over the Aggborough pitch. "Everybody is fine who was available at the weekend," said Micky.

"We still have young Dom Smith who has got his ankle injury, Mark Halstead who is struggling but getting better then of course Nat Knight-Percival and James Wesolowski who are just improving all the time and getting closer.

"They are training more and more with us full time so very soon they should get the go-ahead to train with us full time in about a week or two."

Micky also confirmed there were no fresh injury worries following the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday, with Nathaniel Knight-Percival, James Wesolowski, Dom Smith and goalkpeerer Mark Halstead the only players out at this stage.
"At this stage of the season it is about performance," said Micky.

"I believe if you get the performance right and hit those levels most the time you will win more of games you play than you lose, so what we are working hard to do is increase those levels.

 "We went into (the three home friendlies) knowing that we would find out an awful lot about the group.

"We knew we were playing against three very good sides, and we certainly know much more about the team than we did last week.

"I think there were many positives from it in terms of what we have learned and what we have gained in terms of fitness and experience and gelling the team together, so we have to be very pleased with how the three games have gone.

"The Wolves game was very important for a lot of reasons. Obviously with Wolves being the massive club locally, it was important that we benchmarked ourselves, even in a friendly, against such a big club because they have so many terrific, established players.

"It was a great opportunity for us to really see where we were and hopefully wet the appetite of the Shrewsbury fans by showing them we have good players here by going out and going toe to toe with Wolves for a long time.

"Although people will point out it's just pre-season, I think the game had a nice little edge to it."

 Town have held both Cardiff and Wolves to draws in friendlies already this summer, although Micky insists it is less about the results during pre-season.
"It will be a different challenge," said Micky.

"Gary Whild is a terrific manager and will organize them very well and they always play with a lot of spirit and have good players.

"The pitch is always nice and we always take a decent following down there so I enjoy going down to Kidderminster and seeing a few familiar places, but it’s a good place to visit in the build-up to the first game of the season.

"The last three games we have been in have been very possession-based and have not really asked a lot of questions of how we can deal with a little bit more direct and physical play which we will get in the next two games for sure.

"They are both away from home which are again different tests, so we will learn in the next two games by playing different types of games.

"There will be different problems we are trying to find the answers to in order to ensure we are best prepared for the start of the season."

Micky is now expecting a different kind of contest when his side take on Conference Premier club Kidderminster before travelling to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

The Shrews have hosted three Championship sides in their most recent fixtures - Cardiff City, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Town travel to Aggborough in midweek (7.45pm kick-off) for their penultimate friendly ahead of the 2015/16 Sky Bet League 1 season.

Manager Micky Mellon believes Shrewsbury Town will face a different challenge at Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night.

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