Award caps Cav’s terrific turnaround

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MICKY Mellon couldn’t hide his delight at seeing Peter Cavanagh named Blue Square Bet Premier Player of the Month, though the Fleetwood Town boss was more modest when it came to his own managerial accolade.

It’s hardly a surprise that Mellon should be named Manager of the Month for March after his Conference leaders won six matches out of seven, drawing the other at Mansfield, and scored 18 goals in the process, conceding only four.

One ever present during March was midfielder Cavanagh, who capped an outstanding month with a goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Bath.

It’s a tremendous transformation for the 30-year-old Liverpudlian, who started the season on the Fleetwood fringes and looked set to be released on loan for some action.

And no-one is happier for the former Accrington skipper than boss Mellon, who said: “It’s thoroughly deserved because any team needs players like him.

“Peter makes my team better and is central to what we are trying to achieve. We are delighted to have him in our team.

“He deserves a great amount of credit for cementing a place in the first team. Last year we were talking about him going out on loan but he has completely turned it round. You need people like him.”

The turning point in Cavanagh’s Town career was the FA Cup second-round replay at Yeovil in December, since when he has featured in the starting line-up for all 20 games.

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Mellon added: “He came to us as a right-back but he felt he had the qualities as a midfielder to make the system function.

“He has the experience and we felt the time was right to get him in and he fits the system like a glove. He is a massive part of how it works.”

As for his own second Manager of the Month award of the season, Mellon said: “I prefer to call it Team of the Month because it’s a reward for how well the team has played.

“It’s a terrific reward for the players, not just for last month but over the season so far.

“The most important thing is to keep picking up the three points to get us over the line.”

That line gets ever closer, after Town moved eight points clear at the top with five games to play.

And while title rivals Wrexham have faltered of late, dropping more points at Cambridge on Saturday, Town are showing no signs of pressure as they continue to progress with minimal fuss towards a place in the Football League.

Should Wrexham slip up again at Alfreton on Friday, it is conceivable that Town could clinch the title when the Welshmen visit Highbury four days later.

But with three more games after that, Mellon won’t put any pressure on his side by saying he is in a hurry to get the title sealed.

He added: “We have a lot of experience of this. We know you have to stay patient and keep going until someone tells you that you have done enough.

“You must not get frustrated because we know we are taking care of business.

“The next game always gets our full focus and that will continue. Our thoughts are on York on Saturday.

“It should be a great game at York and we are really looking forward to it.

“This is where you want to be as players and as a manager, so let’s get it on.”

York will be looking to cement their play-off spot at Newport tonight.