Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Match Previews

Micky Mellon On Coventry City Clash

1 October 2015

Manager Wants His Side To Embrace Ricoh Arena

"Without trying to sound like a broken record I will always try to pick a team that can really go out and represent us.

"We’ll go down there and first and foremost let the fans identify the team that they are used to seeing, so I will pick a team that will give us that."

On his team selection, he added:
“They (goalkeepers Leutwiler and Mark Halstead) both trained today, which was a bit of a hallelujah moment over the last few days," said Micky.

"We’ll see how things go over the next 24 hours but we got a good session in (on Thursday).

"(Jermaine Grandison) also trained (on Thursday), and again we’ll see how he reacts.

“He trained well this morning, he was probably a wee bit rusty, but you’d expect that as the big guy has missed a lot of training sessions and it will take him a wee bit of time to get warmed up again."

Micky has provided updates on the fitness of Jayson Leutwiler and Jermaine Grandison, who are both to be assessed ahead of the game.

"They’ve had their tough times, they’ve always been a big club and clubs of that size always fights back and eventually gets back to the level that they are.

"I’m sure that’s what Coventry are aiming to do."
On Coventry, Micky added:

"It was so uncharacteristic, but that’s football, that’s why it’s such a magnificent game," said Micky.

“Nobody is guaranteed to win, nobody knows what’s going to happen.

"You plan, you prepare and try and guess which way the game is going to go but I can be honest and say I’m not a coach who prepares the team to be 3-0 down within 15 minutes! I was really frustrated.

"To score two goals at Rochdale, if you told me we were going to go play on Saturday and score twice, then I’d probably expect to win.”

But he is looking to move on swiftly ahead of the game against Tony Mowbray's side at the weekend.

Micky was disappointed with Shrewsbury's start in the game at Rochdale on Tuesday night, which saw the hosts race into a three-goal lead.

"It’s certainly a great arena to play in, and I’m looking forward to taking the lads there," said Micky.

"I expect it to enthuse the lads. We go there with the same attitude that we try to have for every game and hope the lads enjoy playing at an arena like that.”

And Micky believes the atmosphere around Coventry's 32,000+ seater stadium can inspire his players on the day.

Town travel to the Ricoh Arena at the weekend (3pm kick-off) hoping to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat at Rochdale. 

Manager Micky Mellon wants his players show the fans the Shrewsbury Town 'they are used to seeing' at Coventry City on Saturday.

Advertisement block