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Micky Mellon post Oldham Athletic

26 January 2016

Gaffer's thoughts after the defeat at home to Oldham

Micky Mellon was disappointed after Shrewsbury fell to defeat at home to Oldham, just three days after recording a win at league leaders Burton Albion:

“It is difficult to explain why we played as we did. We looked like we were lacking in energy and never got to the tempo that Oldham did. They out ran us all over the pitch and we didn’t keep the ball well enough. It is hard to know why after Saturday this happens and I cannot explain it.”

“I don’t feel like we deserved anything from the game. Everything we spoke about we didn’t do properly and we gave Oldham too much space to play how they wanted. When we got the ball to the front men the deliveries were not good enough. I don’t even remember their keeper having to make a save and that is not good enough. It is important to try and get ourselves going again as quick as possible. We will suffer for the next couple of days and try and get to the bottom of our inconsistency before moving onto the FA cup tie.”

The 43-year-old hopes Shrewsbury can turn their poor home form around and praised the fans for being patient with their side:

“I cannot argue with the stats but it shouldn’t be a negative playing at home. It is just about working hard and working smartly, we were not smart tonight and that cost us. Maybe a few of the lads are fatigued, I don’t know, but I am as baffled as anyone else.”

“I thought the fans were fair tonight. I did not think that they upset the players. They remained patient, more than you would expect. They are entitled to be disappointed at the end, they love their team and want to see them doing well which is not happening at the minute.”

The former Fleetwood boss admits he is struggling to find the answers to get Shrewsbury more consistent:

“It is tough, I have learned a lot about myself. You have to keep coming back and try and find the answers. You try and say the right things to motivate the players and get the consistency we need but at the minute it is hard to figure out why we are so up and down.”

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