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Mellon On Trip Across Pennines

20 February 2024

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Mellon On Trip Across Pennines

20 February 2024

Manager Micky Mellon is looking for his players to maintain their focus as a busy run of games continues this evening.

Having claimed an away win at Maidenhead on Saturday, Latics are back on the road again with a trip to York.

Tonight’s game is one of ten matches Mellon’s side will face in the space of four-and-a-half weeks as the season enters the final two months.

Latics are in sixth place in the National League going into the midweek round of games and the manager says consistency will be key in a closely-grouped league table.

“We know the games are coming think and fast now but as a squad it’s something we should look forward to,” he said.

“We had a game on Saturday that the players put a lot into so we’ve got to make sure they have recovered properly and are ready for what I am sure will be a very tough test.

“We are naturally very pleased with how we performed on Saturday but we’ve wanted to get the right information into the players to make sure that are able to reach those levels again.

“We’re enjoying our football at the moment and this is a match I’m very much looking forward to.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up so we know we’ll have to use the squad as much as we can over the next few weeks without being reckless so it’s important that everyone is ready when called upon.”

Two goals from Mike Fondop and another from Joe Garner saw Latics register a convincing win at Maidenhead at the weekend.

It was a dominant team display and Mellon is looking for his players to continue their progress.

“We played very well on Saturday and it showed what we are capable of as a team,” he said.

We know that we’ve got a good group of players and our performance at the weekend was a good, all-round showing.

“Maidenhead is always a tough place to visit, so to deal with the physical threat they always pose and nullify them to a large extent was very pleasing.

‘This league is all about the different challenges we face as a team and we know we’ll have another difficult assignment on Tuesday.”

York are currently 18th in the National League and sit three points above the relegation zone.

They drew 1-1 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday and have shown improvements under the management of Neal Ardley in recent months.

“I can’t wait to get over there and get ready for the game,” Mellon added.

“I know we’ll be taking a great following like we always do and it should make for a really good atmosphere.

“I’ve not been to York’s new ground before but it looks like a very good facility and the opportunity to perform there is something we should embrace.

“We know that York will be right up for the game. They are fighting at the other end of the table but they have shown they are capable of getting good results and we’ll have to approach the game in the correct manner.

“We can’t let our focus slip or let the atmosphere get to us, our concentration levels have been good in recent games and we’ve got to show the same sort of application.

“We’ve got a few bumps and bruises after Saturday but I’ve always maintained it is a squad game and it’s down to us to put a team out there that can achieve the result we need."

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