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Micky Mellon On Walsall Clash

30 November 2015

Manager Excited To Measure His Side Against Saddlers

"I think it’s fantastic and I’m really pleased for him," said Micky.

"It’s about time guys who have done well like Dean get the opportunities by earning it to get these jobs.

"It’s thoroughly well deserved and my congratulations go to him because it’s really well deserved as the work he’s done at Walsall has been fantastic."

Micky also reserved praised for departing Walsall manager Smith as he gets set for a new challenge at Brentford.

"You've got to (adapt), it's what English League football is all about," said Micky.

"On Saturday they were the worst conditions that I've experienced since I've been here.

"They did have a huge impact on the way that the game was played, there's not doubt about that, and they changed dramatically the way the game was played.

"We had to cope with that and get our heads around playing and fighting for different things.

"The lads did terrifically well and got a well-deserved draw.

"One of the beauties of playing in the English leagues is that the weather does have a big impact on the season as the season unfolds."

And Micky insists his side like any must learn to adapt to the conditions to pick up results.

Town battled through gailforce conditions at Greenhous Meadow on Saturday to earn a 2-2 draw against Gillingham.

"It will have no effect on us (Smith's departure)," said Micky.

"We’ve prepared the way we always do, made sure we’re ready and nothing will change - it’s still a very good Walsall side.

"They’re the best footballing side in the division in my opinion so it’s a great opportunity for ourselves to go and measure ourselves against it.

"You only have to look at the league table to see how well they're doing."

Dean Smith left his post as Walsall boss to join Championship side Brentford on Monday, but Micky believes that has no impact on Shrewsbury heading into their clash with the 4th-placed side.

Town take on the Saddlers in Sky Bet League 1 at Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) looking to build on four points from their last two outings.

Manager Micky Mellon cannot wait to pit Shrewsbury Town against a Walsall team he feels are 'the best footballing side in the division'.

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