Shrews’ come­back so sweet for Mel­lon

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

MICKY Mel­lon saluted the ef­forts of his Shrews­bury Town come­back kings af­ter they roared back from 2-0 down at the break to stun Colch­ester.

Mel­lon’s de­ci­sion to send on Ty­rone Bar­nett and lively Crys­tal Palace loa­nee Sul­lay Kaikai at the in­ter­val was em­phat­i­cally re­warded as they both scored twice to seal an ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery from the Shrop­shire side.

“We’re re­ally pleased for the lads,” said Shrews­bury man­ager Mel­lon.

“I think ev­ery­body will go home hav­ing been very much en­ter­tained, which is ab­so­lutely what I’m all about.

“I want to make sure that I can put teams to­gether that fight for these peo­ple.

“That’s what I’ve al­ways said and I think the sec­ond half we did that and we played some bril­liant football.”

Mel­lon, whose team climbed five places to 14th af­ter bank­ing max­i­mum points, added: “Ev­ery bit of credit to the lads. I just thought they came out for the sec­ond half and they just ex­ploded.

“We started to run for­wards and started to pres­surise the ball a lit­tle harder.We started to win the knock­downs and we over ran them at one stage.

“They just looked maybe a lit­tle bit more like the old Shrews­bury.”

Colch­ester were in con­trol at half-time af­ter two goals in­side three min­utes late in the half gave them a clear ad­van­tage.

Home de­fender Mark El­lis steered a low cross from Gavin Massey into his own net be­fore cen­tre­back Tom East­man clev­erly back­heeled a sec­ond from a cor­ner.

But Mel­lon’s dou­ble switch at the break com­pletely changed the game with Bar­nett cut­ting the ar­rears within a minute of the restart with a far post header from Lar­nell Cole’s cross.

Bar­nett then struck again just shy of the hour, tak­ing down a pass from Ian Black and flick­ing a shot past goal­keeper Jamie Jones. Debu­tant Dom Smith then headed against the bar for the hosts and at the other end Jayson Leutwiler bril­liantly saved from East­man.

Shrews­bury edged in front for the first time in the 73rd minute when Kaikai raced on to a pass from Cole to round the goal­keeper be­fore the ex­cit­ing 20-year-old ham­mered a late fourth.

Colch­ester boss Tony Humes ad­mit­ted: “I still didn’t think we were great in the first half. I wasn’t overly happy with the per­for­mance even though we were two goals up.

“I thought we prob­a­bly dom­i­nated the ma­jor­ity of it but we were a lit­tle bit sloppy in pos­ses­sion.

“And we gave the ball away in ar­eas we shouldn’t have done and that con­tin­ued to hap­pen in the sec­ond half.

“Within 40 sec­onds we've given the ball away on the half­way line and got over­loaded at the far post.”


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