Bullish Mellon calls for a play-off push

Fleetwood Town Mascot Captain Cod
Fleetwood Town Mascot Captain Cod

STRIKER Gareth Seddon will be back to lead the line for Fleetwood Town as they entertain Grimsby Town, in a clash that could have a vital bearing on who reaches the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.

Seddon missed the 1-0 defeat at York City on Tuesday due to an Achilles strain, which was a blow to Fleetwood as he had notched two goals the previous Saturday in the 3-1 win at Luton Town.

Manager Micky Mellon also expects defender Sean Gregan to be fit, after picking up a knock.

The Fleetwood boss said: “We missed Gareth’s presence up front against Luton, while knowing Sean as I do he will be okay to play as well.”

Mellon is glad to be back on home ground again after an exacting sequence that saw Fleetwood play seven of their last 10 matches away.

He said: “If you had told me at the end of that period that we would still be in the play-off places, I would have settled for that. Though some of our younger players continue to be naive, particularly in the defending that led to the York goal on Tuesday, it has still been an astonishing season.

“I remember taking part in a fans’ forum at the start of the season and someone asked me what was our aim, and I said that it was to get into the play-offs, though some people looked at me then and thought I was mad.

“Now that we have consolidated our position in the league, we have to show we are capable of going out and winning a place in the play-offs.”

That statement of intent will have to be at its most unrelenting tomorrow, for Grimsby can close the gap on Fleetwood with victory.

The Mariners lie seventh, two places and seven points behind Fleetwood, with three matches in hand.

The whole complexion of the play-off places will look different by 5pm tomorrow if Neil Woods’ visitors manage to pull off a win.

Grimsby went out of the Football League at the end of last season, ending decades of occupation.

Mellon said: “There is more pressure on Grimsby to get back into the Football League than there is on us to try to get there for the first time, because they are a big club and the expectations there are massive.

“We beat them 2-1 earlier in the season, which was one of our best away performances.

“Grimsby will bring a big following tomorrow, and I hope Fleetwood vote with their feet and come to watch us in a superb stadium that the chairman has built.

“The prospect of getting into the play-offs for the Football League is an exciting one for our fans.”