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Micky Mellon on August

2 September 2016

The Gaffer looks back on the first month of the season

Shrewsbury Town have endured a difficult first month of their EFL League One Campaign.
Despite a number of good performances, Town have gone down to defeats against MK Dons, Charlton and Gillingham.
These results have been boosted by a win against Chesterfield and victory over Huddersfield Town in the EFL Cup.
Manager Micky Mellon believes that despite the results, his side are improving.
"Performances in large patches have been very good," the Gaffer told ShrewsWeb.
"I'm very honest with myself and in large patches of games the performance levels have been very good.
"We are getting let down by easy basics. That's not me trying to say that mistakes don't get made because we're human beings, but I mean easy basics.
"I mean second phase defending that you would expect comfortably the youth tem boys to do and if they didn't do it you would give them a hard time about it.
"If we can just do these easy basics consistently over 90 minutes, because they do it for large patches, then I can see a massive improvement.

Micky believes that despite the difficult start, his side have improved on last season.
"The measurement is are we getting closer to these teams that we found it so difficult against last season and you would have to say yes," said Micky.
"You would have to say we were getting closer. I mean there was nothing between us an MK Dons over the course of 90 minutes. Charlton we have a mad 10 minutes. Gillingham was very tight but certainly two moments of 18 yard defending you wouldn't allow in training.
"It was a very good second half performance at Coventry, we should have won, and you've got to take the chances at two-nil on Saturday.
"But, at least I know what we've got to improve at and we're working very hard at that and all you can do is be consistent with the players and when the opportunities come to defend or attack they do it the way they want you to do it."

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