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Mellon impressed with Mangan

Micky Mellon was delighted for Andy Mangan after the Shrewsbury striker scored twice in a 4-0 demolition of Accrington.

Mellon knows all about Mangan's qualities having worked with him when he was in charge at Fleetwood and the Liverpudlian proved too good for one of his former clubs.

Mangan gave Shrewsbury an early lead when he closed down goalkeeper Luke Simpson whose attempted clearance rebounded into the net off the forward.

The striker was then hauled down by Simpson, earning the young keeper - making just his fourth senior appearance - a 42nd-minute red card, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro converting the resulting penalty.

Connor Goldson smashed in a third on the stroke of half time before Mangan grabbed his second with a neat header from Akpa Akpro's cross.

Mellon was not surprised with Mangan's efforts.

"I knew when I brought Andy here he gives us a different type of option up front," said Mellon.

"He gives us that pace and that movement and he scores you goals."

Mellon was pleased with his side's display in wrapping up a third successive home victory.

He added: "To win another game at home and to win the way we did was obviously very pleasing. It's always a tough fixture when you come up against Accrington because you know they're so competitive and so full of good spirit so for us to pick up three points, keep a clean sheet and score some goals we're all delighted."

Accrington manager James Beattie blasted careless mistakes as his side suffered a fourth consecutive defeat.

Beattie said: "I don't think we can deny if we want to win football matches we can't give goals away like that. We're going to all sit down on Thursday and watch the video which will be interesting.

"We talk about what we're trying to do every game and some of the fundamentals never change. To try and gain territory and gain space to play football is one of them, and dilly-dallying on the edge of your box is not one way to gain space.

"You try and get into them about game management and how they should not let anything that happens in a game alter their thought process, the way they approach the game, and what we're trying to do.

"Obviously it did and we started to make bad decisions which we don't normally make.

"There's things we need to look at, of course there is, but the first goal, how's your luck? It's unlucky that Luke hits it into Andy Mangan and the nature of the goal hits the lads hard.

"The second goal is as calamitous, if not more calamitous than the first. It's unfortunate for Luke but it's another goal that the lads take to heart massively."