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Micky Mellon On Port Vale Clash

30 October 2015

Manager Looking Forward To Clash With Local Rivals

But Micky is confident that whoever comes in will fill the void left by last week’s goalscorer.

One player who won’t be making the trip on Saturday through injury is Sullay Kaikai, after the attacker was replaced at half-time against Bury.

“We know no matter what anyone says, Port Vale have got an established group of League One players who have been playing for them so we know going over there, being a bit of a local derby it will be a tough test for us.

“We have to go over there fully focused on what we know we have to work very hard at, the stuff that we’re bringing into training all the time and continually improving that.” 
He added:

“It’s always a tough place to go, Port Vale,” said Micky.

“It’s an important game to the fans, so it will have that extra little bit of spice, which is great.

“You want to be involved in these types of games so we look forward to it.

“We want to make the players aware that it’s obviously a game that’s important to the fans, that’s for sure. But I want them to be tough every game.

It’s important that we get that sort of performance in every game that we take part in.”

But Micky says the clash with Rob Page’s side won’t be an easy one.

Port Vale have not won in their last five games in all competitions and sit 17th in the League One table - behind Town on goal difference.

Town travel to Vale Park for the Sky Bet League 1 clash (3pm kick off) looking to build on last Saturday’s win over Bury with another three points.

Manager Micky Mellon is looking forward to the added spice of Shrewsbury Town's derby match at Port Vale on Saturday. “He took a knock to his knee on the weekend (against Bury), he’s had a scan and thankfully it’s not as bad as we thought.

“But he’s going to be out injured for this week.

“He’s been terrific, fantastic. But it gives someone else an opportunity to come in and keep us moving forward.

“He’s a great talent, we’re really pleased to have him here. We’re delighted that Crystal Palace felt this was the right place for him to come and keep developing.

“We’ll try and get him back as quickly and safely as possible.”

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