Shrews’ comeback so sweet for Mellon
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.”
STAR MAN SULLAY KAIKAI Shrewsbury