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Micky Mellon post Scunthorpe

17 October 2015

Gaffer's thoughts after the defeat at Glanford Park

Micky Mellon was down beat after Town's half time lead was turned over by Scunthorpe:
“It is always hard to lose games. When you are away from home and 1-0 up at half time you know you have to be tough in the second half. We knew we would have to run hard and see the Scunthorpe pressure through but we couldn’t do that. We couldn’t stop the crosses or do the things that had brought us success in the first half and that is very frustrating.”

The 43-year-old feels both the goals his side conceded could have been avoided:
“I was disappointed that we allowed the cross to come in for the first goal, it is the basic rules of football to stop crosses coming in. We have now conceded seven penalties this season and that is far too many. We needed to show more composure but instead we panicked and had a dive at it and brought the lad down for the penalty. We knew they were going to take a chance and attack because they were at home but we couldn’t deal with it. The most frustrating thing is we didn’t heed the warning and match Scunthorpe In the second half and that is why we lost today.”

The former midfielder believes Shrewsbury’s second half performance didn't match their first and that cost them the game:
“We seemed to stop in the second half. We didn’t win enough headers or get enough knockdowns which was very disappointing. We knew what was going to happen, just like we did in the game last week but we just couldn’t see it through. It is a big learning curve for the group.”

Mellon gave an update of the players that are struggling for fitness in the squad:
“Liam Lawrence has a virus and he hasn’t trained all week so we left him out. Mark Ellis needed a breather so we left him out as well. Zak Whitbread is a bit behind in his fitness as is Ian Black too and Jermaine Grandison is injured”

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