Mellon’s game set and match

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FLEETWOOD Town manager Micky Mellon can afford a quiet smile of satisfaction after his club reached a significant milestone in their long history.

In a statistic that underlines the progress the club have made over the past four years, the win over Lincoln City on Friday meant Fleetwood completed the ‘set’.

In only their second season in the Blue Square Bet Premier, they have now beaten every club in the league.

But Mellon says there is no room for complacency, least of all tonight when his second-placed side travel to Alfreton.

Mellon said: “It is nice when someone points out a stat like that because it shows the kind of progress that we have made. But we can’t celebrate – nor can we afford to go into a game performing at only 75 per cent and expect to win games because we won’t.

“We have to strive to be at 100 per cent for all games.”

Fleetwood will take on an Alfreton side, whose manager is the former Blackpool defender Nicky Law.

And Mellon has a healthy respect for Law and his team.

He said: “Nicky Law has done a fantastic job at Alfreton and they are not used to losing games.”

Mellon was delighted with the 3-1 win at Lincoln, though everything that could go wrong in the build-up did go wrong. The team coach was held up in traffic, delaying the kick-off, while Ryan Jackson, a new loan signing from AFC Wimbledon, only arrived at the ground late, but still responded with two goals on his debut.

Mellon said: “We like to be professional and leave nothing to chance in our preparation, but it was just one of the days, even down to trying to get the key to get into the hut to get our gear out.”

Despite this, Fleetwood produced what their manager described as a ‘superb’ performance against Lincoln.

They had three debutants in Glenn Wilson and Charlie Wassmer (on loan from Crawley), as well as Jackson.

Mellon is unlikely to have any kind of major overhaul to his starting line-up for tonight given how well the team functioned at Sincil Bank. Wassmer had a dead leg at the end of the match, but is expected to be okay.

Keith Briggs and Shaun Beeley are battling back fitness, but will not be ready for consideration at Alfreton.

Gareth Seddon is available after completing a one-match ban, while Magno Vieira is near to a return.

Mellon is hoping that the vast improvement shown at Lincoln when compared to the 4-1 home reverse to Newport will continue.

He said: “I don’t want to take any credit away from Newport, but in that match we gave away a ridiculous penalty, we had a man sent off and lost our central defender with a broken ankle.”

Mellon added that even though Fleetwood were 1-0 down at half-time against Lincoln, they had controlled the game.

“Though we conceded a goal through a lack of concentration at half-time, we just asked the players to be more controlled and clinical in the final third, and that’s what we were – we were superb.”