Mellon: My boys just beat the best
MICKY MELLON was delighted with his Shrewsbury side after they beat what he described as the best team in League One.
Abu Ogogo crowned his starring role for Shrewsbury with his first goal for the club and inform loanee Sullay Kaikai also struck to clinch an impressive victory.
High-flying Bury enjoyed plenty of possession but were unable to find a way through against a well-drilled home defence who stood firm to register a clean sheet.
Mellon said: “We’re delighted with the performance and we’re delighted with the fighting spirit against definitely the best team that’s come here this season, the strongest team.
“We knew that we had to be very competitive and we knew that we had to get a lot of stuff right.”
Bury started strongly and home keeper Jayson Leutwiler needed to be alert to tip a low drive from Reece Brown wide.
But Shrewsbury gradually settled and, after the lively Kaikai volleyed against a post, the exciting Crystal Palace loanee ran onto a pass from Ogogo to drill a shot beyond debutant Bury keeper Aaron McCarey to give the hosts a 28thminute lead with his fourth goal in as many games.
Bury pushed for an equaliser after the break but the Shakers were destined to draw a blank.
Brown saw a shot deflected just off target and skipper Nathan Cameron headed narrowly wide.
But Shrewsbury continued to defend well and, just after sub Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro forced a diving save from McCarey, they doubled their lead in style in the 73rd minute.
Ogogo fired a shot from the edge of the penalty area to the top corner of the net, a fine way to open his goal account for the Shropshire club. “Abu Ogogo has played very, very well since he’s been here,” said Mellon. “I’m so pleased for him.
“He’s stepped up a level from Dagenham & Redbridge and he gives you absolutely nothing less than 100 per cent every game. “He was massive for us.”
Bury manager David Flitcroft said:“We’ve created enough chances and more than enough good chances, but all credit to Shrewsbury; the way they’ve thrown themselves at things and put blocks in.
“I think we’ve had something like 15 corners and 13 shots at goal, so we’ve tried to create and give an account of ourselves.”
He added:“We’ve really gone to attack Shrewsbury and how we’ve not ended up with a goal, I’m still sort of scratching my head.”
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