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Micky Mellon On Gillingham Clash

27 November 2015

Manager Emphasises Importance Of Home Form

"He brings so much to the team when he plays like that,” said Micky.

"When he gets a hold of the ball, he’s a goal threat and he runs hard.

"He’s got great experience, he thrives in those kinds of environments. What Verny at 31 has got to be able to do is, when it’s not like that, and it’s a different type of game, is adapt.

"He can’t just have one club in the bag, you’ve got to be able find a way of making an impact in different types of games.

"We’re coming up against a different opposition on Saturday, whatever gets flung at you, the whole team have got to be able to adapt.
"Verny will be no different to that. He’s well aware of that, he knows what roles and responsibilities he has, and I’m sure he’ll look to try and continue to deliver on it."

And Micky hopes the striker can continue in the same vein.

Another player in contention to play a part on Saturday is Scott Vernon, after his goalscoring performance against Sheffield United.
"He (Knight-Percival) is going to try to train on Friday, so we’ll see where he’s up to then," said Micky.
"Hopefully if he’s fit, (he’ll be in contention) but we’ll give that another 24 hours and see how he is.

"Mat Sadler (who returns from suspension trained on Thursday.

"The team from the other night have only recovered on Thursday but certainly Zak (Whitbread) will be a bit of a concern.

“Ian Black looks fine, he looks to be okay.

"He keeps picking up knocks because he’s that type of player, he’s a battling type of player so he’s going to pick them up but apart from that, we’re okay."

Micky also gave an injury update of his squad, as Nathaniel Knight-Percival could come into the reckoning for the weekend.

"I think we now have the opportunity (to go on a run).

"We have a little batch of home games coming up, and we’ve played 10 away and eight at home now.

"We have the opportunity to play in front of our home fans for the first time in a month, so if you’re going to be successful or be a club moving forward that’s got to be your bread and butter.

"You have to try and pick up points so we’ve got the opportunity to try and do that, that’s for sure, so we know that we don’t just say it because anybody that’s watched these games this season knows they’re all difficult.

"They're all very, very tight games so you know they’re always going to be tough games.

"So the ones coming up will be no different but we’re here in our own back yard and want to give a good account of ourselves."
He said:

Saturday will see Town’s first home game since Bury on 24 October, and Micky is hoping it can help Town go on a good run.

Town will be looking to build on Tuesday night's 4-2 win at Sheffield United when they host the Gills (3pm kick off) who are currently 2nd in Sky Bet League One.

Manager Micky Mellon is looking forward to playing in front of the Shrewsbury Town supporters at Greenhous Meadow against Gillingham on Saturday.

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