Seddon’s return a big boost

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STRIKER Gareth Seddon is poised to return to the Fleetwood Town front-line as they aim to get their play-off bid back on track at Newport County tomorrow.

His return could be part of a shake-up, after successive defeats to Eastbourne Borough and Darlington inflicted major damage to play-off hopes.

One other change will be enforced, as Shaun Beeley had to withdraw during the 4-0 loss to Darlington on Tuesday night after suffering a hamstring strain.

Boss Micky Mellon says he’s contemplating other changes.

He said: “I didn’t make changes to the team that lost to Eastbourne because I wanted to give them another chance to rectify things.

“But when you go down to a goal in the second minute, and are 2-0 down after 12 as we did against Darlington, that leaves you with more than a mountain climb.

“It is a monumental task to get back into the game after that – you are struggling to win a game at any level when that happens.

“It wasn’t as if we conceded goals to any good passing moves or build-ups.

“One was to a set-play, another to losing runners, another to a penalty and then to a bouncing ball – but losing 4-0 to Darlington is not acceptable.

“I will have to try to give a chance to those players who have been sitting around, and moping and moaning that they don’t get their chance – now they will.”

Mellon refused to go into details about where the changes could take place, but goalkeeper Scott Davies could be vulnerable.

He conceded a goal from 55 yards against Eastbourne, and he had a difficult night against Darlington.

That leaves the possibility that Danny Hurst, now fully recovered from a shoulder injury, could get his chance.

Mellon fully appreciates the season has reached a critical stage and now is not the time to be suffering a 4-0 defeat, but he says that the play-offs are still a realistic goal.

He said: “We have played 36 games and we are where we are in the table, and the players have done fantastically well to get us where we are now and it is way above expectations.

“We have 10 games to go and are still in with a chance of the play-offs.

“We expect a very tough challenge against Newport, who are very good on their own ground, but we have to go down there and be positive.”

Seddon is expected to be fit to return, but Mellon will have to decide who fills in for Beeley at right-back.

“Seddon is a big player and Magno Vieira and George Donnelly are better when they play alongside him in attack – he brings the best out in both.

“Beeley pulled his hamstring against Darlington, and when he went off it meant that we were down to 10 men as we had used up all our subs, and now it looks as though he will be out for a couple of weeks.

“We will have to look at Sean Gregan in training because he is a mass of bumps and bruises.”