RICHARD Brodie believes Fleetwood Town can remain unbeaten for the rest of the season and that history can repeat itself in an amazing way.
The striker has been loaned to the Conference leaders for the season from Crawley, who he helped to win the same title last season on the back of a 30-match unbeaten run.
Town are currently unbeaten in 26 and Brodie would love to better Crawley’s run with Fleetwood – as that would mean Town completing their final five Blue Square Bet Premier fixtures without defeat and almost certainly following Crawley into the Football League.
Crawley didn’t lose a league game last season after a home defeat by Newport County in mid-October. By an incredible coincidence, Fleetwood are unbeaten since losing at home to Newport almost exactly 12 months later to the day.
Brodie sees other similarities between his parent club and Fleetwood but said: “Hopefully the main one will be when we get the championship and the medal to go with last year’s.
“I think this team can go further (than Crawley). The atmosphere is great and the banter’s flying.”
The 24-year-old helped Crawley seal the title with 11 goals in 38 league appearances last season. He netted his eighth of the current campaign in Saturday’s 4-1 success at Bath, a win he considers vital to the team’s title hopes.
He explained: “You don’t win league titles by beating Wrexham and Luton – you win them by going to places like Bath, and playing on a difficult pitch against a side who go 4-5-1 to try to stop you playing.
“We came out on top and scored four goals, and it could have been more.
“I had a header cleared off the line when I had just come on and I wondered if it was going to be one of those days again – I’ve had a few.
“It came to me one on one and I had a long time to think about it, but I managed to slide it under the keeper and it was a big relief.” Brodie picked up his 12th yellow card of the season in the West Country, to go with his two reds, and could face another test of his temperament on Saturday, when Town visit York City.
He spent three years with the Minstermen before joining Crawley in August 2010 and can expect a hard time from the supporters.
He continued: “Gary Mills has come in at York and brought a completely fresh new team. There are only three or four players from my time there.
“But I’m a Fleetwood player now and I want nothing more than to go there and win, and to bang one in.
“Last season I got a very good reception there when the team was read out, but during the game you get some stick – that’s just an away game for me.
“But I’ll make sure I celebrate if I score because the fans gave me stick at Crawley in the last game of the season.
“They don’t know the full story of why I left.”
As the table stands, a win on Saturday could pave the way for a title-clincher against title rivals Wrexham next Tuesday.
It is possible that both sides will top the 100-point barrier and for Brodie it’s hard to imagine that “one of those teams isn’t going to go up with so many points.You don’t want to be in the play-offs because it’s a lottery.”
But if his experience of last season continues to be repeated, the team in the play-offs won’t be Fleetwood. Brodie certainly hopes so.
Richard Brodie was talking to DAVID MITCHELL