Micky Mellon: Shrewsbury boss wants 'nervy' fans to roar team on

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon
Shrewsbury Town have still lost just one home league match under the management of Micky Mellon

Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon has urged 'nervy' fans to get behind their team more as they try to complete the push for promotion from League Two.

After a defeat and a draw in their two previous home games, Mellon's men finally saw off relegation-threatened Oxford United 2-0 on Saturday.

But he told BBC Radio Shropshire: "The crowd have been exceptionally nervy.

"We need the crowd working for us, not against us. They have a massive part to play. We need you to roar us on."

Shrewsbury Town - Still a lot to play for
Shrewsbury's final five fixtures are against teams either bidding for promotion - Exeter City (h), Bury (a), Plymouth Argyle (a) - or trying to escape relegation from the Football League - York City (h), Cheltenham Town (a)

The 43-year-old Scot continued: "We need the fans this time of the year. It is everyone's responsibility to get right behind the lads. It's important."

With eight matches left, second-placed Town, who have been top three times this season, are now five points adrift of the leaders, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's Burton Albion.

But, having previously managed just one win in five matches, Shrewsbury's back-to-back victories over Morecambe and Oxford have got their automatic promotion ambitions back on track.

"The important thing is that we are taking clean sheets and winning games of football again," added Mellon.

Shrewsbury's next game is at Fratton Park on Saturday, when they take on mid-table Portsmouth.

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