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Micky Mellon On Southend United Clash

1 February 2016

Manager Fully Focused On Shrimpers Test

"Abu Ogogo is fine, and he’s getting towards an alright level," said Micky.

"I’d like him to get a few more days under his belt before starting him but he’s trained fully and looks fine, though he’s not 100 per cent.

"Jermaine Grandison hasn’t trained today and won’t play against Southend."

The manager also provided an update on Abu Ogogo and Jermaine Grandison.

Midfielder Richie Wellens and forward Kyle Vassell will come back into contention for Town after being cup-tied for the Sheffield Wednesday clash.

"It’s not realistic that he should play against us so he won’t play," said Micky.

"That’s something we felt was right for everybody."

Striker Tyrone Barnett, who is on loan, will not be able to play in the match against his parent club.

"We have worked hard on our gameplan and we’ve worked on how we will start (against Southend)," said Micky.

"We’ve also worked on a plan B should we need it, and any other eventualities or problems we believe Southend will give us.

"Every manager wants consistency and we have worked really hard on the mental side and importance of sticking to a plan.

"Everyone’s seen us performing well at home now so we know what is expected."

Micky revealed he was pleased with the way his team stuck to their instructions on Saturday and the hopes are to do the same against Southend.

"It will be unacceptable to not turn up on Tuesday night," he said.

"I want to play well. We have got to show the focus and determination that we showed on Saturday in order to get a result in that

"Of course we’ll have got a lift from the weekend, but we are focused and ready for a tough game against Southend.

"I’m delighted for the club that we’ve got such a fantastic tie (against Manchester United) but it’s some way down the line for us to think about."

And Micky moved quickly to disregard claims that the players are already looking ahead to the fifth round tie against Manchester United.

Town host the Shrimpers at Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off) on the back of a dramatic 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Proper on Saturday.

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