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Micky Mellon On Blackpool Clash

25 September 2015

Manager Says There Are No Easy Games

“I’m delighted with the squad I’ve got at the moment - it’s as strong as we’ve been since I’ve been here," said Micky.

“So I’m not looking for any excuses. Of course I’ve lost some good players that maybe would have added to us and made us even better.

“But in this building at the minute I believe I’ve got the best collective that can play a variety of different formations and different ways to give us the best chance of winning.

“We have some blistering pace and power that I plan to unleash at some stage if I can find a way of unravelling that team, and it excites me to think we can get the Shrewsbury fans on their feet and up the pubs because we’re all celebrating."

He feels it is the strongest squad he has had during his time at the Club.

And the Shrewsbury boss insists he is more than happy with the squad he has.

“I’ve come across him a lot when he was with Sam Allardyce, because I’m quite tight with ‘Big Sam’ in a football sense, and Neil was always by his side," said Micky.

“I know Sam rates him very highly and I’ve no doubt Blackpool will continue to improve, which we’ve seen from DVDs and the scouting reports.

“So we’re playing against a continually-improving Blackpool team and they’ve got a manager who’s good at what he does and seems to be getting them moving in the right direction."

Micky admits he also knows Blackpool manager Neil McDonald well having coming across him through Sam Allardyce.

“I can only focus on what happens at Shrewsbury and we can only focus on what we do; I can’t get distracted about what happens elsewhere," he said.

"I’m a very focused manager and I can only control the things I can control and concentrate on what we do.

“As soon as I think about anyone else, that’s when I’ve lost control and focus."

“For me personally, it’s such a long time ago that I played for them and had a connection to them.

“But it’s not a club that I’d like to see do anything but well apart from when they play us.

“I had a good time there many years ago and I still live in the town but I can honestly say it’s just another game we need to do well in.

“When I manage a team, I’m not managing against their name - it doesn’t really matter who I’m against, I need to get my team doing all the things I believe we need to do well to win it, no matter who it is.

“It makes no difference to me but there’s some friends of mine coming down from Blackpool and I’d prefer not to have been beaten when I arrive in the restaurant having to look at their smiling mugs!"

Micky played for the Seasiders in the mid-90s although he admits he is only concerned about what Shrewsbury do.

"There are no easy games - we saw that on Saturday - because you’ve got to answer the questions that the game asks you," said Micky.

“We’ll guess at how we believe Blackpool will play, just as all 92 managers up and down the country will guess how their opponents will play.

“You hope you get better at that with the intelligence you’ve picked up over the last few weeks of how they play and you try to build a team accordingly to beat them."

Although Micky is expecting another tough test for his side at the weekend.

Town beat Blackpool who were then a Championship side - at home in the Capital One early in the 2014/15 season.

The Seasiders sit bottom of the table heading into Saturday's game at Greenhous Meadow (3pm kick-off).

Manager Micky Mellon insists there are no easy games in Sky Bet League 1 ahead of Shrewsbury Town's clash with Blackpool.

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