Date: 15th February 2016 at 12:19pm
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Manager Micky Mellon has said he was proud of Shrewsbury’s performance in their victory over Blackpool at the weekend.

Making the trip to Bloomfield Road for the game, Shrewsbury took a three two victory with goals coming from Knight-Percival, Whalley and Mangan and whilst the gaffer would’ve liked the side to be a touch more lively defensively, he knew it was a hard fought game to he was going to take the positives and one of those was clearly the spirit on show.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game as he spoke to the media, a pleased gaffer explained.

‘It is a great result and a terrific performance. To take four points out of two games is very pleasing and we are happy with how we are playing at the minute. We could have got another one or two today but it was a bit concerning when we conceded a sloppy goal before half time. It gave Blackpool belief and they went direct in the first half and it became a bit of a battle. We put an extra midfielder in to try and make sure we won the knock downs and tried to get some control. We did well at slowing the game down in the second half and we dealt with what Blackpool threw at us. We showed our quality today and that is great. It was massive to win today because Blackpool could have gone six points clear of us. We haven`t got a game for two weeks in the league now so it was important we came here and got a result. There is no single game that is bigger than any other but we are delighted to have got the three points. We had a great start. We bossed the game in the first half an hour. Blackpool have a good defensive record so to come here and score three is brilliant.’

Mangan and Whalley both took specific praise from the gaffer for the pace they had added to our attack of late, and he again said with recent improvements he feels he was right to make the changes he did in January owing to our lack of ‘denting’ defences during the first half of the season.

Akpa Akpro was also praised with Mellon believing the other thing he didn’t do on the day was score.

With the FA Cup tie against Manchester United at the Greenhous up next, the gaffer said it would be all focus to that now and hopefully an upset.

‘It is exciting that I will now be preparing my team to play against Manchester United. It will be a fantastic moment for me and the whole club. I am looking forward to it and we will have a solid week ahead to prepare. I can`t wait to see the stadium full again and hear the people of Shropshire roar. I will have a word with Big Sam to see if he has any advice for us and we are going to enjoy the build-up and give it our all when the match comes.’

Zak Whitbread was also interviewed following the game and he was rightly delighted with another away victory.

‘We showed great character to hold on. We stood up as a team and did very well to see it out. It is a massive three points for us. We had a game plan and we stuck to it. We came out nice and lively and troubled Blackpool. We played smarter than we usually do and we need to keep doing that now for the rest of the season. It was disappointing to concede before half time and then the second goal for them made it a difficult finish.’

The 31 year old picked out Knight-Percival’s acrobatic effort to open the scoring, saying he’d never seen anything like it, and he also praised goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler for his performance on the day.

‘I have never seen anything from Nathaniel Knight-Percival like the goal he scored today! Usually he is hoofing the ball up making clearances but today he has put it in the top corner brilliantly, it was a fantastic overhead kick! Jayson Leutwiler kept us in front with some solid saves. He has won us points on his own this season and it is great as a defender to have a quality keeper like him behind you. The forward players showed their ability today and they created lots of chances. Everyone played a part today to get the win.’

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