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Micky Mellon On Barnsley Clash

14 January 2016

Manager Wants A Big Performance On Home Soil

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“He (Ogogo) is a massive blow,” said Micky.

“When you lose your best organiser and the midfield player who is key to the squad then you are always going to suffer.

“That is why we are bringing replacements in. Even when he is fit it isn’t a good idea to rely solely on him.

“Jayson Leutwiler is fit again now while wearing a face mask.

“He is a great professional and a great guy but he will have to wait his turn because Mark (Halstead) has been very good since stepping in and deserves to hold the jersey at the minute.”

Abu Ogogo remains out with a hamstring problem although goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler is fit again.

Micky confirmed that there are no new injury concerns.

“It will be a really good game to be involved in,” said Micky.

“We have done our homework and we know how we want to approach it so it should be an exciting game.

“All of the games left this season are important and we are desperate to get a result in all of them.

“We know the Barnsley personnel very well and the situation they are in so they shouldn’t surprise us.

“It is the start of three home games and we want to improve our home form, so hopefully we can start with a win on Saturday.

“We want to be better in front of our own fans than we have been. We always aim to brilliant at home so I am keen for us to put on a big performance on Saturday.

“I am very fond of Barnsley and what we managed to achieve there.

“I had a fantastic time there but I won’t treat the game any differently. You have to be professional as a manager and just focus on doing your best for your current team.

“I hope we can bring in a couple more players before the window shuts but at the minute we know the players who will be available for Saturday and we have to focus on that because Barnsley is an important game.”

And the Shrewsbury boss wants his side to be better in front of the home fans, starting on Saturday.

Micky worked as assistant manager at Oakwell with Dave Flitcroft in the Championship and knows plenty about his former club.

Town take on the Tykes in Sky Bet League 1 at Greenhous Meadow at the weekend (3pm kick-off) looking to kick-start a run of home form with further fixtures at Greenhous Meadow to come in January.

Manager Micky Mellon wants a big performance from Shrewsbury Town on Saturday when they host his former club Barnsley.

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