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Micky Mellon On Rochdale Win

1 March 2016

Gaffer pleased with performance and deserved home win

"I've got a part to play, the boys on the pitch have a part tp play so it's important that we all try and do that because it is a crucial time of the season. Certainly tonight they were right behind us and they can consider themselves part of what we achieved tonight."

"It's important because it's what they are, supporters and it's important that everyone plays their part," added Micky.

Prior to the match, the Town manager had asked for the crowd to get behind the lads, and the Scot was pleased with the response from the Greenhous Meadow faithful.

"I couldn't believe it. That can really effect a team's level of concentration because you can get so frustrated at decisions like that. To get a goal not long after it settles everyone down so it was an important goal at an important time."

"It's a good header at a good time and it's helped us because I think I've seen one of the worst penalty decisions not given for quite some time," claimed Micky.

Captain Nathaniel Knight-Percival's goal came on the stroke of half-time and Micky believes that not only did it come at the right time, but that it helped make up for what he calls 'one of the worst penalty decisions not given.

"I thought he had a terrific performance but I've got to say Kyle Vassell - that's what you call work rate. I just thought that the way he led that front line was terrific and we've all seen that and he embarrased a lot of people into working hard. He got a hold of the ball and run in behind so he can be pleased with his performance."

"He's a player that I've always wondered why he's never had the opportunity to play at these levels because I thought he had the qualities to do that," said Micky.

Shaun Whalley put in a man of the match display, showing great pace to beat his marker in a race from the half-way line and score the opener and his manager was quick to praise the former Luton mans abilities.

"You look at the three front boys and they all can run. To make a dent and an impact on back fours in this division, we found it very quickly, that you need to be able to run and those three area  able to do that. We've got Sullay (Kaikai) to add to that, John-Louis and Larnel Cole to come back so we're adding all the time to that pace at the front line.

"The lads that have come in have added to the energy levels and got us going. I thought the crowd, who we asked to get behind us, we terrific and they've helped as well so all round everyone can be pleased with the performance.

"I think the players were anxious to do well. We could feel that. We changed the shape a little bit and it probably allowed us to freshen it up in different areas because I've always said we will try and use the squad because I trust them.

"I thought it was a thoroughly deserved win from the lads and they deserve all the credit that they get, but just like we've said before many times, we've got to move on and now it's Doncaster.

"We've not won enough games here over the course of the season and it was important that we started to do that.

"We're obviously pleased to get a victory," said Micky.

Two first-half goals from Shaun Whalley and Nathaniel Knight-Percival ensured Town picked up all three points with Micky delighted with the work rate and energy of his team.

Town boss Micky Mellon was delighted his side were able to get, what he calls, an important win.

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