Capital One Cup: Shrewsbury boss revels in cup win over troubled Blackpool
Last Updated: 15/08/14 10:10am
Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon refused to get carried away after his side claimed the scalp of Championship club Blackpool in the Capital One Cup.
Scott Vernon, like Mellon a former Blackpool player, scored the only goal of the game after 34 minutes as the Shrews deservedly booked a place in the second round of the competition for the first time in three seasons.
"We're very pleased to beat a Championship side, but what I'm more pleased about is the performance," said Mellon. "I think from minute one we were so composed and we passed it really well.
"There's really pleasing signs but of course we're not going to get carried away as there's still a lot work to do.
"But certainly this club's fighting back now (after relegation last season) and getting results like this will go some way towards helping that recovery."
Mellon praised the quality of Vernon's goal, tucked away from close range by the ex-Aberdeen striker after James Collins helped on Ashley Vincent's cross from the right, and felt his team should have emerged as more convincing winners.
"It's a terrific goal," said the Scot. "I think we could have had a few more, I've got to be honest, and if we had got two, three, four it wouldn't have flattered us because we've gained a lot of real goalscoring opportunities so that's pleasing. We've kept a clean sheet as well so there's a lot to be pleased about."
Mellon, now looking forward to the second-round draw, added: "The chairman will want Man United all day long and you want to fill the place, but I've got an awful lot to think about before then.
"We're delighted to be in the next round for the first time in a long time and it signals that this club's fighting back and recovering - and that's important to us."
While Mellon was all smiles, Blackpool's problems continue to stack up and manager Jose Riga admitted the Championship club, who endured such a testing summer, could have no complaints about the result.
"The best team won, that's simple," admitted Riga, whose side were also beaten at the weekend by Nottingham Forest.
"I knew already that this game three days after the other one could be difficult for us and it was difficult for us, not only about the contents of the game but also the physical side for sure."
Riga's side struck the post just before half time through Tomasz Cywka but it was one of only a handful of chances they carved out against their lower division hosts.
Riga handed debuts to five players, among them striker Ishmael Miller, Belgian defender Jeffrey Rentmeister and Spanish full-back Joan Oriol, as new players continue to arrive at Bloomfield Road.
He added: "I knew that this game arrived at the worst moment for us. I repeat players arriving one by one, playing sometimes the first game all together and I repeat also the physical impact.
"It's difficult but I knew also that it would be difficult so we just have to find a solution for the next step and the solution is about the squad, the team, even the staff, to be able to bring some fitness coach, some other help that a normal team has already for many weeks."