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Micky Mellon On Cardiff City Clash

8 January 2016

Manager Wants Town To Be More Like 'Old Selves'

"Jayson has started training, he’s got a mask on, so it’s like phantom of the opera," said Micky.

"He’s well on the way to making a full recovery."

There was also good news on goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler’s fitness.

Micky also provided an update on current injuries in the squad, confirming that Abu Ogogo would be out for around four-six week, while Anthony Gerrard is okay, after they both left the field injured last weekend.

"It will take a performance that we look for every week.

"We want to hit the levels of defending, attacking, ball retention, getting the ball back, pressing.

"So it will be something that we’ll know we have to be the top of our game at, and all those things to get a result."
On what it would take to beat Sunday’s opponents and progress into the next round, he added:

"That was a bit of a myth, that you’ve got to get players in the next day and start throwing things around," said Micky.

"You’ve got to remain measured, and the other thing you don’t want to do is put more pressure onto the team going to Cardiff and saying, ‘we want to see a reaction'.

"That won’t be something that I’ll be looking to try and do.

"Certainly it would be a big shot in the arm for us to go down there and perform well, certainly for myself, for the fans, for everybody concerned with the club, and of course the players.

"It’s a fantastic third round FA Cup (tie), we should be looking forward to it.

"We should go down there and go and want to express ourselves in a lovely stadium.

"I’ve been there many times, it’s great, we need to go down there and show what we’re all about.

"It’s a cup we all love, and we all want to do really well."

Micky added that, after Saturday’s defeat, he was looking forward to the occasion of the FA Cup and wouldn’t be putting any added pressure on his players.

"We’re certainly going into it looking to be more like our old selves," said Micky.

"Defend better in the one v one situations, pass it better, keep it better, look more of a threat.

"We’ll get back to what we were building on before. That’s what we want to do."

And Micky, who will be aided by the recent arrivals of Andy Mangan and Jack Grimmer, wants his side to build on the team which has beaten higher-division sides away from home in the past.

Town travel to the Cardiff City Stadium at the weekend (6pm kick-off) for the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Tie, as they look to put the defeat at Chesterfield behind them.

Manager Micky Mellon expects to see Shrewsbury Town playing to the level he knows they are capable of at Cardiff City on Sunday.

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