Brodie set for success

Grimsby v Fleetwood'Richard Brodie
Grimsby v Fleetwood'Richard Brodie
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FLEETWOOD Town striker Richard Brodie and the rest of his team-mates were in optimistic mood today, ahead of tomorrow night’s clash at Alfreton.

The Friday night win at Lincoln, plus other weekend results, put Fleetwood in second place in the table – and normal relations have been restored between the on-loan striker and the Fleetwood faithful.

Brodie was on the receiving end of some stick from the Highbury crowd during the 4-1 reverse against Newport County six days ago.

But Brodie says all that is forgotten – he had a hand in all three goals as Fleetwood won 3-1 at Sincil Bank, and are now second in the table behind Andy Morrell’s Wrexham.

He said: “I went over to apologise to the fans (who came to Lincoln) for my reaction.

“I just wanted them to know I am 100 per cent committed to getting Fleetwood into the Football League.

“There were 300 fans back in Jim’s Bar at Fleetwood watching the match, and that support is fantastic. We showed against Lincoln we have the players to take the chances.”

Fleetwood’s preparation for the Lincoln match was hardly ideal.

An accident on the way to Lincolnshire meant the Fleetwood coach was held up – it did not arrive at Sincil Bank until around 7.10pm, and as a result the match kicked off late, at 8pm.

And that was not the only travel problem encountered en route to Lincoln.

Ryan Jackson, who made an instant impact on his debut after signing on loan from AFC Wimbledon, only learned late in the day that he was joining Fleetwood, and he had his own misadventure on the way.

He was driven up from the south by his father, and turned up at the wrong ground – that of Lincoln United!

Jackson realised he had gone to the wrong stadium when he saw the lights were turned off.

However, Jackson did not lack direction on the field, and made an immediate impact by scoring two goals.

He said: “I have been struggling to get goals at Wimbledon because I play right back and right midfield.

“I felt as though I was travelling all day, but it was worth it in the end!”

Now Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon has selection issues to decide before tomorrow’s visit to Alfreton.

Gareth Seddon is back in contention after serving a one-match ban, while Magno Vieira is edging closer to fitness.

Alfreton are managed by Nicky Law, who made more than 60 appearances for Blackpool in the 1980s. Law will be demanding a response after his side lost 3-0 at Cambridge United on Saturday.