Mel­lon: My boys just beat the best

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

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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