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Micky Mellon Pre AFC Wimbledon

22 September 2016

The Gaffer looks forward to the weekends game

Manager Micky Mellon is looking forward to facing an old adversary on Saturday as Town face AFC Wimbledon.
Town trained at Lilleshall on Thursday as they looked forward to the weekend’s game, the first time Mellon returns to Kingsmeadow after taking charge of Town there for the very first time in 2014.
AFC Wimbledon currently sit 1 point above Town in the League One table, but Micky believes his side aren’t daunted by facing anyone.
“We believe that we can go anywhere, home or away, and get results, said Micky.
“We are set up in order to try and do that. The lads are encouraged to think like that and we expect them to be like that.
“We know the threats that Wimbledon will pose for us. We know what they’re good at. We know we will have to be good to counter that.
“And then, on the other side of things we have to do the things that we know that we do well and we are capable of on the day, and go and try and win a game of football.”

Micky Mellon knows AFC Wimbledon well having played them many times during his spell as Fleetwood manager and he is impressed by how they have moved through the leagues.
“We all know how they rebirthed the club, Micky said.
“We rolled side by side with them when I was at Fleetwood for a good few years.
“They’ve done terrific to get themselves back to this stage in League One, so fair play to them. They are a good club, got a good manager and good people there, so we know that we’ve got a tough challenge. But, if we get the things right that we’re good at, we pose them a lot of problems.
“It’s going to be a good game. A good old fashioned English League game of football with both teams desperate for a win, so we are looking forward to it.”

Town will come up against a familiar face on Saturday after Tyrone Barnett joined AFC Wimbledon in the summer. Micky knows the danger he can cause and will look to combat it.
“Tyrone’s a lad who did very well and who I get on very well with, and will no doubt speak to him at some point on Saturday,” continued Mellon.
“We know the threats that he has and we know what he’s capable of. So, we know where we will need to be good in order to combat him.
“We know that we’re in for another League One tough game, but we are really looking forward to it, we want to be back on that grass and try and get three points.”

Ivan Toney and Joe Riley return from injury, while Captain Adam El-Abd will come back from suspension. Micky admitted he was pleased to get them back in the group, but revealed that an unnamed player may miss out through injury.
“Joe, Adam and Ivan are three players that have done very well for us,” said Mellon.
“It was good to see the three of them training this morning and come through it with no problems, fingers crossed.
“We’ve got a few niggles and we got a knock in training this morning which is a bit of a concern, so we will see how that is in the next 24 hours, but we will adjust accordingly and not look for any excuses.”

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