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Micky Mellon pre Cardiff City

9 January 2016

Gaffer's thoughts on Cardiff and the weeks transfer activity

Micky Mellon was pleased with Shrewsbury’s work in the first week of the transfer window and is confident of adding a couple more signings before the month ends: “I want people to respect myself as a manager and my ability and know that it was always part of the plan to strengthen the squad in January and not just a knee-jerk reaction from the Chesterfield loss. We wanted to give the players a chance in the first half of the season but we were looking to strengthen from August in case the squad needed improving to compete in this league. This week we have been able to bring in some very talented players which makes the group a lot stronger.” 

The 43-year-old is content with the versatility that the new signings will bring to the squad:  “We have lots of options available to us now. We definitely have a back five again now which is a system we have liked in the past. We can also play four four two as we have good wingers. I would like to bring back a special winger that we all know about and I hope I will be able to do that. The strikers complement each other well too and Andy Mangan brings in pace upfront so we are pleased to have got some business done early. Hopefully we can bring in a couple more before the window closes.”

The former Fleetwood boss is excited about visiting Cardiff on Sunday and feels the cup tie will give his players a chance to forget about the heavy defeat to Chesterfield last Saturday: “Cardiff is an important game for us. We want to go and get last week’s loss out of our system and play like we did in the 10 games before that. We have showed massive signs of moving forward and are closer to where we want to get to before the hugely disappointing game last Saturday. We are well on top of things now and have worked hard in training so the Cardiff game will be a good chance to showcase our ability.”

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