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Micky Mellon Pre Scunthorpe

15 September 2016

The gaffer looks ahead to the visit of high flying Scunthorpe

Micky Mellon is looking forward to taking on one of the leagues form sides as Town take on Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
The Iron currently sit second in the League One table and put four past Southend United last time out.
Despite the difficult challenge, Micky believes his side are more than capable of causing problems of their own.
“They’re a team that is on a winning streak,” Micky told ShrewsWeb.
“They will come here with a lot of confidence, but we too are playing well. We just need to, over the course of 90 minutes, be more consistent and we know that we have threats to cause them problems, and we’re looking forward to another challenge
“It gives you an opportunity to go against the team that is performing the best at the minute, so that should inspire you and make you want to go out and take that challenge on.
“So, we are looking forward to taking on one of the best teams in the division form wise at the minute.”
Micky Mellon has come across Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander, over the years and is looking forward to pitting his wits against the former Scotland international.
“It’s good to see him back in football, he’s a good football man and he, I’m sure, knows that he is going to come here tomorrow and he’s going to get a Shrewsbury Team that’s revved up to try and give the home fans what they want, that’s a good performance and a result on Saturday,” Micky said.
“He knows how he wants the game to be played and he’s now doing that. Probably the things that I’m saying’s not going for us is going for him, so we just need our moments of those things going for us and not get punished for every single moment that we are losing concentration in, but it’s football and we will look forward to it.”
Town have had a number of players on the physio bed over the last week and it’s mixed news as far as injuries are concerned.
“Leitch-Smith trained today, Black trained today, so we can now consider them coming back into things because they’ve got a good few days under their belts,” said Micky.
“They trained last Friday, but I felt it was too early with the types of injuries that they had to fling them straight back in, but they are fine now and at this minute in time Junior is moving towards being available as well, so that’s a big plus for us.
“Ivan Toney’s took a nasty knock, so he’s not trained all week and again we’ll have another look at him tomorrow. Joe’s (Riley) injury is a bit of a concern, his knee’s blown up quite a bit. We had a scan yesterday and at the minute it would be very much in the balance whether or not he would be available for the weekend.
“Jim O’Brien’s trained today so we will look at what the reaction to that is because Jim is a player that I rate very highly and we have big hopes for and plans for in order to make us a better team, so it’s important we get these types of players back into the group.
“We will have another look tomorrow, see who’s available tomorrow. I probably have a vision in my mind of how I would like us to play, so we will get the best players we can into that shape and go and get involved in another tough game.”

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