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Micky Mellon On Burton Albion Clash

21 January 2016

Manager Feels Burton Test Can't Come Soon Enough

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"He’s running now, he’s probably a week to ten days away from joining in training, and then he’ll be maybe another week to get his match fitness up.

"He’s certainly one where you would say consistency isn’t a problem, and you know what you are going to get out of him.

"You know how good he is at what he gives you, and he gives it you every single week.

"We’ve missed him because he brings quality to the group."
Abu Ogogo is also nearing a return to training, and Micky added:

"He (Jayson) is back training, so we are delighted with that," said Micky.

"We’ve got some fantastic goalkeepers here, so we’re blessed really.

"He’s probably getting towards being ready now.

"He’s on the bench, he’s still got his facemask and he’s still not trained without that on.

"But he’s pretty much taking part in everything in training now.

"If needed I have no doubt that he would be able to play in the first team."

Micky confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns heading into the match and also provided an update on goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler, who is close to returning to first team action.

"We’re not playing against the manager, it’s our team against their team," said Micky.

"We’ll prepare the team as best we can. They’re obviously high in confidence. They’re winning a lot of games.

"We are a bit up and down, we need to find that consistency.

"What better place to try and find that, start that, than the league leaders?

"We believe on our day we are a threat for anybody, can cause anybody problems.

"But we have to find that ‘day’ for longer in games and more of the time because at the minute you see that we are being punished for little switches off in concentration, which you’ve got to have for 90 minutes at these levels."

But Micky feels it is a tough fixture whoever is in the dugout.

Burton have changed managers since the last time the sides met back in August, with Nigel Clough taking the reins from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in December. "I think it will be good to get a game on as quickly as possible after the disappointment of the result on Saturday," said Micky.

"I think we’ll try to find some consistency against whoever we play, I don’t think it matters at this stage.

"We know it will be a tough game but it’s a game we are very much looking forward to, and against the league leaders.

"It’s one to look forward to and one we want to be involved in."

And Micky feels the game couldn’t come soon enough.

Town travel to the Pirelli stadium at the weekend (3pm kick-off) to take on the Sky Bet League 1 leaders as they look to put last week’s defeat to Barnsley behind them.

Manager Micky Mellon believes the challenge of Burton Albion gives Shrewsbury Town a good chance to bounce back with a win when the two sides meet on Saturday.

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