MICKY Mellon was full of praise for his strikeforce as Fleetwood Town smashed six past Ebbsfleet United.
Jamie Vardy’s hat-trick, notched up in 29 minutes either side of the break, along with goals from Gareth Seddon, Peter Cavanagh and an Andy Mangan penalty saw Town hold on to top spot in the Conference.
For a second game running, Mellon named four strikers in his starting XI, a move which clearly paid off for the Fleetwood boss.
Mellon said: “I’m delighted to score six goals at home in front of our fans. It’s important that we do that.
“It just shows how devastating we can be when we are on top of our game.
“We’ve been playing with four strikers but it’s not gung-ho – we work hard and we are organised with it, and we hope it will bring us goals, which it has tonight.
“Some of the football in the first half was among the best I have seen here.”
Mellon was, however, disappointed to see his side concede a brace to Ebbsfleet’s Liam Enver-Marum, both the result of defensive errors.
He said: “It’s something we shouldn’t do. We shouldn’t have to be scoring three goals to win a game, as we would have had t tonight ... if we hadn’t scored six.”
Mellon made changes following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Cambridge, in which Fleetwood struggled for long periods.
He said: “I don’t like to make too many changes, two or three at the most, but I wanted to freshen things up. I’ve got a strong squad here and it was good to be able to give some of them a chance.
“Gareth Seddon and Jamie McGuire have done well. We were forced into the Beeley change, with injury and illness, but Peter Cavanagh is a good footballer and did a good job at full-back tonight, making some good forward runs as well in the first half.
“We made some changes in the second half and it was good to be able to give Jamie Milligan a run.”