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Seventh heaven for Mellon

Micky Mellon hailed Jordan Clark after he scored his first career goals against Luton to maintain Shrewsbury's unbeaten run.

The midfielder struck in each half to secure a 2-0 victory over 10-man Luton, who had Matt Robinson sent off late on, with Shrewsbury unbeaten in seven games under Mellon.

Mellon knew Clark from his days as assistant manager at Barnsley and signed the midfielder when he was released by the Oakwell club at the end of last season.

"He's a terrific talent," enthused Mellon, with his team fourth in League Two. "What's so pleasing is he's an example to any young player, how hard he works. He's probably first on the training pitch and he's the last one off every day as he loves his football.

"He's grasped his chance and there's nobody more delighted than me."

Clark fired Shrewsbury into a third minute lead when he controlled a long pass from defender Connor Goldson and delivered a cool finish.

He made sure of the points 20 minutes from time when his free kick from the right was fumbled into his own by Luton's experienced goalkeeper Mark Tyler.

Shrewsbury have now won five and drawn the other two of their opening seven games this season, with Mellon delighted with his side's display just few days after shocking Leicester 1-0 in the Capital One Cup.

He said: "A lot of people would have been looking at us and saying, 'can you do it after that big Leicester result?'

"But we spoke about it and said that good players go again, good players keep their standards high and make sure they keep churning these results out and they deserve a lot of credit because they did that."

Shrewsbury could have ran out much more convincing winners as they produced another high qualify performance in which they carved out plenty of chances.

Luton, in contrast, endured a disappointing day which was completed by a late red card for midfielder Robinson's challenge on Cameron Gayle.

They hardly forced a save from home keeper Jayson Leutwiler and manager John Still admitted: "They deserved to beat us.

"We were well outplayed. We conceded a goal too early again and from last week that's really disappointing. It was a good ball, a good goal, but from where it's come from you've got to defend that better.

"For the next half hour we were chasing but we then got back into the game towards the end of the first half.

"I thought second half we may be able to push on a bit, but they were better than us.

"We haven't played with enough passing quality which is a feature of what we do. We haven't played nowhere near enough passing quality and the ball retention, going forward, we've lost the ball too easily which gave them too much of the ball and they moved it well.

"We defended reasonably solid and we changed our system early on to match up but we gave too many free kicks away."