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Micky Mellon pre Huddersfield

8 August 2016

The Gaffer looks forward to EFL Cup opener

Manager Micky Mellon believes Shrewsbury Town's game against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday will offer a tough test for his team.
The Terriers head to the Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday night for the first round of the EFL Cup (Kick off 7:45pm).
Shrewsbury reached the second round of the competition last season, losing to Crystal Palace.
Town go into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to MK Dons on Saturday, but Micky is looking forward to the game.
“It will be good game, they are a very good football team,” said the Gaffer.
“We’ve done our homework on them, as we always do, so it will be another big challenge for us, but one that we’ll look forward to.”
“Moving on from Saturday’s game, we’re looking again to keep improving and under the lights at this time of the year is always good to be involved in, especially a team from a higher league. So, it will be a good test for us.”
“This is the next game, so let’s go and try and win that.”
Despite defeat on Saturday, the Gaffer remains upbeat about the performance.
“I was pleased with an awful lot of what we did,” admitted Micky.
“Having watched it back, it probably reinforced my thoughts even stronger, there was absolutely nothing in the game.
“There was things that I would’ve liked us to have been better at. When we did get our opportunities in the final third, maybe a bit more composure or a bit more quality, in order to fashion more opportunities.
“But, everything else, the team shape, the way that we pressed the ball, our counter attacking, all round I thought it was a good performance against a team who you would expect, with the resources and the experience of the players that they have, to definitely be in the top six.
“So, it was a good benchmark for us to work forward from,” added Micky.
Town have good pedigree in cup competitions over recent years with wins over the likes of Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers in the last two seasons and Micky is hopeful his side can cause an upset again.
“We’ve done well over the recent years, so we’ll be looking to continue that,” Micky said.
“We want to win games for the fans. We won’t look past Huddersfield that will be a really tough game. They got a good win on Saturday against Brentford and played very well.
“They play a brand of football that will make us work very hard, and are very aggressive defensively, so we’ll have to work hard when we have got the ball to make opportunities as well.
“It’s about building this group and keep making them better. We will look at both sides of it, with and without the ball, and try and improve the group.”

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