Mel­lon’s Shrews shaken up at Bury

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Fisher

DE­SPITE see­ing Sul­lay Kaikai light up Gigg Lane with two ex­cel­lent fin­ishes Shrews­bury man­ager Micky Mel­lon was still left won­der­ing what might have been as his side spurned two points.

The on-loan Crys­tal Palace winger thun­dered home the opener from 25 yards and then danced through the Shak­ers’ de­fence to give the vis­i­tors a 2-1 lead af­ter Tom Soares’ header for Bury lev­elled things up.

But de­spite plenty of chances it was the home side who got a goal back mid­way through the se­cond pe­riod as de­fender Peter Clarke shot through a crowd of play­ers to earn a share of the spoils.

“In the first half we were ex­cel­lent, we played some great foot­ball and with a cou­ple more goals we could’ve been out of sight,” sighed Mel­lon.

“We ex­pected Bury to come back at us in the se­cond half, they haven’t got the fifth best league record at home for noth­ing.

“We had five or six counter at­tacks and that’s where we have to be bet­ter and pun­ish them. I couldn’t fault the bat­tling from the play­ers.

“Some of the set plays Bury were whizzing in were as good as I’ve seen, so we did well to deal with them.

“Kaikai was in­cred­i­ble, fan­tas­tic, both fin­ishes are ter­rific. It was a pity he couldn’t push on for his hat-trick but that would just be me be­ing greedy.”

Kaikai opened the scor­ing when he cut in from the left and smashed the ball past Chris Neal on 15 min­utes.

The vis­i­tors dom­i­nated be­fore Soares rose to head Chris Hussey’s cor­ner home, al­though par­ity was short-lived as Kaikai drib­bled clear and fin­ished with con­fi­dence.

Bury were on top af­ter the break with Clarke find­ing the net to earn a draw that Shak­ers boss David Fl­itcroft ad­mit­ted could have been all three points. “We looked re­ally threat­en­ing from set pieces, more so than we’ve done over last six to seven weeks,” he said.

“I’m de­lighted with Nathan Delfouneso. He’s fit­ted in well and linked up well. I was de­lighted with his con­tri­bu­tion, it was like he’s been here all sea­son. I can see a Delfouneso-Clarke part­ner­ship in the near fu­ture.

“For 40 to 50 min­utes we looked a real threat. Ev­ery time we at­tacked we looked dan­ger­ous.We were full of in­tent and that’s what I want to see. It’s my job now to make sure the team can do it over 90 min­utes.

“In the se­cond half we should have been out of sight. I won’t say I’m happy with a point be­cause I want all three but their goal­keeper has had an ab­so­lute worldy.

“We’re back in work on Mon­day to pre­pare for a tough game on Fri­day.”

STAR MAN SUL­LAY KAIKAI Shrews

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