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Micky Mellon On Rochdale Clash

29 February 2016

Manager Wants Composure In Front Of Goal

Manager Micky Mellon has called for more composure in front of goal when Shrewsbury Town host a 'hard-working' Rochdale on Tuesday night.

Town take on Keith Hill's side in the midweek Sky Bet League 1 fixture at Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off) looking to return to winning ways in the league after a goalless draw at Colchester United on Saturday.

And Micky feels that more calmness in front of goal can help Town collect all three points against the Dale.

"Just a bit of composure is needed and we’ll surely see some goals," said Micky.

“We scored three goals in our last league game (before Colchester), so it’s just a bit of composure.

“We want to get better, we want to score goals, we want to win games and we want to be playing brilliant.

“We’ll take the lessons from the last game and try to move on."

Rochdale sit 13th in the League One table and head into the clash on the back of two straight home victories while being unbeaten in their last four.

Micky is also looking to avoid a repeat start of the reverse match at Spotland in September which saw Rochdale quickly take a three-goal lead.

"They’re always a very hard-working side," said Micky.

"I’ve watched their last couple of games and I watched them against Sheffield United – their most recent game – they work very hard, they close down very hard and run hard for the manager.

"They’ll be very committed and have obviously got a very good win on Saturday.

"Like every game, because there’s not much in any of the games, it will be another tough game, so we need to get right the things that we’ve worked on and the things that will bring us success."

"We were 3-0 down in the blink of an eye.
Reflecting on the reverse fixture at Spotland, Micky said:

"We gave ourselves probably too much to do, so there’s no doubt we’ll mention that and speak about it and try to make sure the players are ready for that again and go and meet fire with fire this time."

On the injury front, Micky confirmed that Jermaine Grandison missed training on Monday morning with a hip problem and will be assessed over the next 24 hours, while midfielder Richie Wellens was back among the action.

Midfielders James Wallace and James Wesolowski both remain out.

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