Mellon says his squad are ‘buzzing’

Jon Parkin is congratulated after his first penalty
Jon Parkin is congratulated after his first penalty

MICKY MELLON says his Fleetwood Town squad is “buzzing” ahead of tonight’s return to league action against Rotherham United at Highbury.

The Millers are just two points and two places behind fourth-placed Fleetwood, with a game in hand, but their 3-0 success at Aldershot in their last away game is their only victory on the road this season.

Mellon said: “We’re really looking forward to it. It’s a massive game.

“These are the types of games, as a player and a manager, you want to be involved in.

“Two good sides, under the floodlights at Highbury, it should be a great night to be part of.”

And Mellon insisted his side, boosted by the signing of former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson last week, were pumped up for this of two teams in the play-off places. He said: “The lads are buzzing and we’ll be going all out to get a result. These are the games we get excited about.

“It’s going to be a tough game but we will do everything we can to make sure we get something out of the match.

“We’ve got to make sure Rotherham have to play really well to beat us.”

Mellon was disappointed with his side’s second-half performance in Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Bromley, but he made clear that would not be a factor in his preparations for the Millers game.

He added: “Regardless of what has happened in the last game, we always want to improve.

“We always want to be making ourselves better and that is how it will always be.”

Mellon confirmed that Ferguson, on a two-month loan from Blackpool, will make his League debut for Town tonight, having played 81 minutes of Saturday’s FA Cup tie.

He said: “Barry Ferguson will play. He’s got a lot of experience and a lot of ability, and these are precisely the games he was brought here for. He’s got a big part to play.”

Fleetwood could also welcome back full-back Shaun Beeley, who has recovered from a thigh injury which has kept him out of the last four games.

But they will almost certainly be without on-loan Barnsley defender and former Blackpool star Rob Edwards, who was replaced after just half an hour on Saturday with a hamstring problem.

Mellon said: “Rob Edwards didn’t train on Monday after tweaking his hamstring. But that’s why we have a squad in place and it will maybe give an opportunity to someone to come in and stake a claim for that place.”

Club captain Steve McNulty,back after a calf injury, replaced Edwards on Saturday and could start this evening.

Another fitness concern ahead of kick-off is striker Steven Gillespie. Left out of the side on Saturday, when Jon Parkin got the nod and scored twice from the penalty spot, Gillespie picked up a hamstring injury in training yesterday.

Mellon said: “We made a few changes on Saturday. We’ll have to look again to see whether we need to tweak anything for this one.”

Like Fleetwood, Steve Evans’ Millers side progressed to the second round of the FA Cup and their reward for a 3-2 victory over Stevenage is a home tie against another League One side, Notts County .

They have won their last three league fixtures, securing victories over Plymouth, Morecambe and Aldershot.

Their top scorer is former Pool striker Daniel Nardiello, should return after missing the cup win with a groin strain.