Writer: Site Staff
Date:Friday July 11 2014
Manager Micky Mellon has said he can't wait for Shrewsbury to really open up our pre season campaign when we face Chesterfield tomorrow.
Not only is it our first friendly of the summer, but it's also Mellon's first game in charge since he joined us over the summer, and having already talked about his delight when it comes to squad strengthening and how the players have come back to training and applied themselves so far, he can't wait to see how we do against them considering he believes they were by far the best team at this level last season.
Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, he said.
'They were the best team in League 2 last year. It's probably too early to say we're anywhere near, both teams, as far as we're going to get fitness wise and gelled together but it will be a good test for us. They'll have good players but we believe that we've got good players as well so it will just be great to get the lads on to the first team pitch here and get things moving.'
With a testing summer schedule of games ahead of what we all hope will be a serious push for a League One return at the first time of asking, the gaffer goes on to say that really there is only so much you can do in training and then the real 'click' so to speak can only come from games, that even not fully competitive, will still have a competitive edge.
We will be going out to win as many as we can, but so early into his tenure losses will gain us fitness and they will be a learning curve, as they always say managers do learn more from a loss than a win, and if a string of losses are too come, pre season is the time for it and not during the season where every point can count.
Things look good so far, but it's still early doors and there's a lot left to learn for the gaffer about our squad, and it'll probably take us a few league games to really find our rhythm given how new things are, so probably best to just enjoy the journey for a little bit and see how quickly we can hit the ground running in the process.
Date:Friday July 11 2014
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