Date: 6th October 2015 at 8:34am
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Manager Micky Mellon has admitted he was disappointed to see Shrewsbury lose again last weekend against Coventry City.

Video – Coventry Highlights
Audio – Mellon On Coventry Defeat

Speaking to the Official Site following the three nil reverse at the Ricoh Arena, a frustrated Mellon explained.

‘It`s a really disappointing scoreline even though we`ve come up against a very good side. We made it difficult for ourselves even though we have to admit that they looked like one of the better sides we`ve played this season. When you`re playing against teams like this, you always know that a brief lapse in concentration or you`re not showing that bit of quality that you need defensively at certain moments, that you`re going to get punished. And with the quality they had up front they definitely did that today.’

With the second goal coming inside of first half injury time, Mellon admits that did kill the game really and certainly the spirit of the players as it left them all disappointed.

‘It`s always a difficult time when you concede a goal right on half-time, because at one-nil you feel you can have a chat about things only being a goal down. I was miles away from it and so can`t say whether it was a penalty or not but he`s given it and suddenly it`s two-nil instead of one.’

The gaffer also admitted that it was frustrating to see us concede so many penalties so far this season.

‘It`s irritating that we`ve conceded so many penalties, I think that`s six or seven now and it`s just not good enough. Players are diving in instead of showing a bit more composure and anticipating things so we can do a bit better so yeah, it`s disappointing. The team continued to fight as they always do and you can`t say that their effort levels weren`t good enough ‘cos they`ll always fight for you. But it just wasn`t to be today.’

The gaffer also had praise for stopper Mark Halstead following his performance despite conceding three goals.

‘Oh he`s made some good saves in the first half and he`s done well since he came in there`s no doubt about that. He`ll be disappointed that he`s lost six goals in two games but he`s had no chance with any of them. Jayson (Leutwiler) has only trained for two days and as you`ve seen I`ve had no problem sticking with Mark because he`s done well.’

With two changes made to the starting line up with Liam Lawrence and Jermaine Grandison both recalled to the side, he explained his thoughts behind that decision.

‘It`s always hard to make changes but listen, we have played a very good side here today and it`s probably been the only game this season where we`ve not been in it. But we didn`t half make it difficult for ourselves with some of the defending and some of our decision making. But we`ll comb over it and do what we always do, and that`s to work hard to get the boys back together and fight back.’

With Johnstone’s Paint Trophy action against his former club Fleetwood Town next up, he added.

‘It`s always nice to get a game in and try to get yourselves going again. We`ll have a look at it in the next few days and try and do things properly ahead of the game. I`m not going to make excuses because that`s not the way we do things here. We`ll see how everybody recovers over the next 24 to 48 hours before deciding on any potential changes.’

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