Mellon: We’ve got Championship class too

Mark Lawrensen with Jamie Milligan and Andy Mangan

Mark Lawrensen with Jamie Milligan and Andy Mangan

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FLEETWOOD Town manager Micky Mellon refuses to be daunted by the three-division gap between his club and the Seasiders as the build-up to tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Highbury intensifies.

Mellon insisted: “We have Championship-class players too ... and we can get at Blackpool.”

Mellon, boss of the Conference’s second-placed club, said: “I believe I have Championship players here, who will or should operate at that level at some time in their careers.

“We have top players and they will get the opportunity on Saturday to show us how far away they are from operating in the Championship or whether they are good enough already.

“We will have to get things 100 per cent spot on in certain areas. We don’t know what the Blackpool team is yet, but there will be certain threats we will have to deal with 100 per cent.

“If we don’t do it properly, we know we will get punished, so it will be in my mind that Blackpool are challenging at the top of the Championship, and quite rightly so because they have some fantastic players.

“We have to use the weapons we feel we have to punish Blackpool, and we believe 100 per cent that we have a way of getting at them. If we get it right on the day, then we will punish them as well and Ian Holloway will be well aware of that.”

Mellon has maximum respect for Holloway and is certain his counterpart should be plying his trade in the Premier League.

And he cites similarities between them, saying: “We both want to play football – to get it down and pass it.

“I wouldn’t say we are exactly the same because two people would not want to coach the same way or be able to.

“But certainly the way Ian Holloway sets his teams up and wants them to play had an influence on what I want to do.