Mark Ellis gets praise after his Town recall

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Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon hailed recalled defender Mark Ellis following his impressive return to the side for Saturday's goalless draw at Cambridge.

Ellis was drafted into the side to line up alongside Nat Knight-Percival and Connor Goldson, after Jermaine Grandison was ruled out of the trip to the Abbey Stadium owing to illness.

The former Crewe Alexandra man responded with an impressive display as Town, who remain third in League Two, nullified the threat.

It came against a Cambridge side which had started the weekend as joint top scorers in the division along with leaders Wycombe.

It was only Ellis's sixth league appearance of the season and his first start since scoring in the FA Cup first round draw at Walsall early last month.

Mellon said: "I thought he was brilliant. I'm absolutely delighted for him. You've got to come in and do performances like Mark Ellis did so that's great credit to those boys that are not playing.

"It's easy to come off the bridle a little bit when you're disappointed you're not taking part, but he showed professionalism.

"He's worked very, very hard between the games and he's gone in and give a fantastic performance."

Mellon was pleased with his side's display at Cambridge with Town hitting the crossbar twice in the second half as a breakthrough just eluded them.

He had to change goalkeepers at half-time with Mark Halstead, the former Blackpool shot-stopper, handed his Town league debut after Jayson Leutwiler suffered a dead leg.

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