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Micky Mellon On Sheffield United Clash

19 April 2016

Manager Prepared To Adapt For Blades Test

Micky also confirmed that Jermaine Grandison (hip) has been back running and is hoping to have him in full training on Thursday.

Midfielder James Wallace cannot play against his parent club Sheffield United.
“He has been a big loss, there’s no doubt about that," said Micky.

"He is certainly a lad that has all the qualities that League One players need.

"He’s a nice guy with great qualities. He’s a good person and he is good to have around the place.

"He has been terrific for us so we’ll be glad to have him back again."

The defender has completed a three-match suspension following his dismissal at the end of the Port Vale game.

One major boost for Town is the return of captain Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
“They play a system now where they’re winning games," said Micky.

"If you’re winning games, you don’t have to change much.

"When you get that formula, that’s what happens. We’ll go into it with a team shape that we believe suits our team best and will try to cause them some problems.

"We will be prepared to adapt and if it takes a certain type of performance then we will adapt to that.

"Whatever the questions the game will ask us, we’ll be prepared to answer them and adapt to try and answer them in the right way.”

And Micky admits that his side face a difficult challenge, one that may force them to modify their approach to the game.

Nigel Adkins’ side are unbeaten in their last three matches and have kept three clean sheets in the process.

"It’s all going to be about what happens on the night," said Micky.

"We don’t know what’s going to happen.

"If we perform as well as I know we can then I’m sure we’ve got enough to cause Sheffield United a lot of problems so we’ve got to concentrate on doing that.

"We’ve got to go and deliver and try to prepare in the best way possible.

"We know we have enough threats, enough character and enough desire to go into that game and have a chance of getting something from it."

And Micky is optimistic that Town can repeat that success if they play to their full potential.

Mellon's side produced one of their most ruthless performances of the season when the two sides met at Bramall Lane earlier in the campaign, with goals from Sullay Kaikai, Ian Black, Scott Vernon and James Collins securing a memorable 4-2 victory back in November.

Town take on the Blades in the midweek Sky Bet League 1 clash at Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off) looking to get back to winning ways.

Manager Micky Mellon insists Shrewsbury Town will be going all out for victory against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

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