Pass master on top of his game

Jamie Milligan set up three goals against Bath.
Jamie Milligan set up three goals against Bath.

JAMIE Milligan says Fleetwood Town have the right attitude to win Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Mansfield ... and his own attitude is spot on at present.

After an injury-hit summer, Town’s talismanic midfielder has again become a regular this season.

And having taken a one-match demotion in his stride, the 31-year-old was back at his best against Bath City last weekend, setting up three of Town’s four goals to send them to Field Mill for Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie in buoyant mood.

“If I get a good run of games, I get my fitnesss and sharpness,” said the classy playmaker, despite a recent hiccup. “Yes, I got left out at Alfreton but that was for a reason and I fully understnd why. The manager had a word with me about it and we won the game, so I have no complaints.

“I came back on Saturday, and although we weren’t at our best we got a good result. Bath did have a few half-chances, and had they put one or two of them away it could have been a different story.”

That the end result was a second successive 4-1 win was down in no small part to Milligan’s accurate passing and set-piece delivery.

Jamie McGuire broke the deadlock from a corner by Milligan, whose through-ball enabled the prolific Jamie Vardy to make it 2-0 at half-time.

“It’s about time we scored from a set-piece. I’ve put a few good ones in but it was a good finish by Jamie,” said the modest Milligan, who certainly wasn’t going to take the credit away from Vardy for the second.

“He is on fire and he has to make that run for me to pass to him, so I’m made up for him.”

Two late goals sealed the win, including a second for Vardy from another Milligan assist. “I put the cross in and he could not miss really,” added Milligan, who is now fully focused on Saturday’s FA Cup clash.

“Mansfield will be tough and it will be a good game, but if we keep showing the same attitude we have away from home we’ll be OK,” he said.

Interview: DAVID MITCHELL