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Micky Mellon On Victory At Kidderminster

28 July 2015

Manager Pleased Following Another Good Test

"I’ve spoken to Scott and I’ve said to him in the summer that the opportunities to play here might not be there as much as what he would want," said Micky.

"But he’s under contract for another year and that will be up to him but he knows my feelings on that and he knows my preferred choice of the lad that we want to play up front.

"He’s been made available and he knows he’s available. We’ve had that conversation with him and we are always fair with him.

"There’s no interest in him at the moment that we know of but I’m sure his agent is working very hard for him to try and resolve that. He’s a good guy and will be treated the same as everyone else and as long as he’s here and we need to use him then I’m sure he’ll be ready."

But one player who didn’t get any minutes tonight was Scott Vernon, with Micky confirming after the game the striker is available and free to talk to other clubs.
"It’s always difficult to gauge the performances of the team because before we came here we had written down how long everybody’s going to play so that’s going to happen regardless of how the games gone or how you see it, everyone is going to play that amount of time.

"But I’m pleased he (Sam) got 45 minutes under his belt and showed us again what a capable player he is."

One player who did stand out was trialist Sam Patterson who got 45-minutes under his belt, something the manager was pleased to see.

“You’re always pleased to score goals. You never get tired of scoring goals so we’re pleased about that and the clean sheet but more than that we got exactly the reasons why we came down here.

 "It was about getting more match minutes, getting used to people around you and topping up the minutes and then moving into that Tranmere game. Now we’re getting towards having to make some decisions towards that team for the first game of the season."

"I think we got exactly what we wanted out of it that was the important thing,” added Micky.

And Micky is delighted that another strong pre-season showing is evident that his side’s preparations for the opening game of the season are right on track.

“It’s pre-season and I’m glad I’ve got all the boys through it,” said Micky.

"It was exactly the test that I thought it was going to be and I’m pleased that we’ve gotten that.

“I knew it was going to be like that and Kidderminster certainly didn’t disappoint. It was the test we knew we were going to get.

“It was very direct and the temp was higher than what we’ve played in the last three games so that was good. We were asked more questions defensively with crosses so that’s good as well.

“It’s what we expected in building towards that first game and I’m really pleased with the test.”

The hosts could count themselves unfortunate to be behind at the break but a stronger second half showing by Town guaranteed them the win and Micky’s side even came close to adding to their lead, with substitute Liam McAlinden seeing his effort come back off the post in the final few minutes.

In a keenly contested match at Kiddies' Aggborough Stadium, Town came away with the victory thanks to a goal in each half from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and James Collins and will now prepare for Saturday’s final friendly match at Tranmere Rovers.

Manager Micky Mellon believes Shrewsbury Town got exactly what they expected out of their penultimate friendly at Kidderminster Harriers.

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