FOX IN BOX IS SHREW-D SUB!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stu­art Dunn

MICKY Mel­lon says stick­ing to what Shrews­bury know best was the key as Andy Man­gan came off the bench to grab a late win­ner against More­cambe.

An in­spired per­for­mance from goal­keeper Scott Davies looked like earn­ing the Lan­cas­tri­ans a bat­tling away point.

But even he was pow­er­less to keep out Man­gan’s close-range tap-in four min­utes from time after Davies had ini­tially bril­liantly de­nied James Collins with a fly­ing save.

Shrews­bury’s de­lighted man­ager Mel­lon was de­lighted his side’s pres­sure was even­tu­ally re­warded, and they have now won 13 of their 15 home games in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

“I’m re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance,” said Mel­lon. “We knew that More­cambe were go­ing to be well or­gan­ised, be dogged and de­ter­mined and fight for their man­ager and as­sis­tant man­ager who are two good guys.

“We never re­ally lost our way and we kept try­ing to play our foot­ball that we know we’re bet­ter at play­ing on a tricky sur­face.

“We kept on try­ing to play the right way and thank­fully we got that open­ing.We picked that lock again and we got that wellde­served win­ner.”

Man­gan even­tu­ally obliged after be­ing in­tro­duced from the bench in place of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

“When the game’s like that you’ve got to make a judge­ment call and de­cide what type of striker you need,” added Mel­lon, whose team are up to sec­ond in the ta­ble.

“I thought it was go­ing to be a fox in the box, a lit­tle poacher, be­cause they were the type of chances that were hap­pen­ing and thank­fully he got on the end of it.”

Shrews­bury had the bet­ter of the pos­ses­sion in the first half, Bobby Grant curl­ing a shot against the foot of the far post, but More­cambe had fine chances at ei­ther end of the first pe­riod.

Paul Mullin clev­erly got the bet­ter of de­fender Mark El­lis be­fore bend­ing an ef­fort nar­rowly wide.

Then, just be­fore the break, Mullin was pre­sented with the ball from a misplaced Mickey Demetriou pass, only for Jayson Leutwiler to come to Shrews­bury's res­cue with an ex­cel­lent save.

The sec­ond half saw Collins, Shrews­bury’s hard-work­ing top scorer, force three sharp stops from the ag­ile Davies.

Collins also smashed a shot against the near post, but Shrews- bury kept driv­ing for­ward and Man­gan fi­nally found a way through.

More­cambe man­ager Jim Bent­ley, whose side had beaten Lu­ton, another of the di­vi­sion’s pro­mo­tion con­tenders, a week ear­lier, ad­mit­ted he was im­pressed with what he had seen of Shrews­bury.

“On that ev­i­dence I think they will be in the top three,” said Bent­ley. “They’re an am­bi­tious club and I know Micky well. I’ve got a lot of re­spect and time for him. He’s come into a new job, a new club, and he’s re­ally got them go­ing.

“They’ve got good play­ers, a crowd who re­ally get be­hind them and I fancy them to bounce back and I hope they do.”

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ANDY TIM­ING: Andy Man­gan scores late on to steal the points for Shrews­bury. In­set: He cel­e­brates with the dugout

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