Just pair-fect for Mangan

Andy Mangan against Stockport
Andy Mangan against Stockport

Andy Mangan and Jamie Vardy’s double-act up front may be earning plenty of headlines but the former insists it is only one of several flourishing partnerships at Fleetwood Town.

Both scored in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Stockport County, Town’s fifth successive Blue Square Bet Premier win, having also shared the goals in the FA Cup victory over Wycombe a week early.

Their combined tally of 21 for the season has helped lift Town to second in non-league’s elite division, behind Mangan’s previous club Wrexham on goal difference, but the 25-year-old insists the credit should be shared ... and not just between the strikers.

The Liverpudlian said: “Vardy is great to play with and it was a good partnership on Saturday, but there are plenty of other good partnerships in the side.

“The centre-halves are good, the full-backs play their part and the wingers do their job. We’re just a good side. We play some really good football and the fans must enjoy watching it.

“We’ve got good players and good players cause problems. That goes through the squad and not just the front line. We have a good team who work really hard for each other. As long as we keep doing that we will reap the benefits. “We train together day in, day out and it’s clear to see just how versatile the lads are.

“A lot of us can play in different positions if needed and that’s been shown a few times this season.”

Mangan has found the net in both this season’s wins over Stockport, and he is delighted with his form and with his eighth goal in Fleetwood colours.

He added: “Millie (Jamie Milligan) played the ball into me and Vardy stepped over it.

“I took a touch and the defenders followed Vards on his run. They thought I was going to play him in but I just hit it and it went in.

“It was a good game for me personally and it was a brilliant atmosphere with over 3,000 supporters packed into Highbury.

“There have been other times when I’ve scored or set up a goal, and my main aim is being consistent over the whole season.

“I’m certainly at a club that matches my ambition and never stands still. It’s starting to be a huge club.

“We’ve just signed another lad (Ryan Crowther) who has the makings of being a good player. I want to be a part of what is happening at Highbury. We’re going in the right direction.”

Mangan and the rest of his team-mates are now hoping for positive results at Gateshead on Saturday and at home to Kettering next Tuesday to complete a highly satisfying month in which the first-team have won all four games.

Given their current form then, it may be a surprise that manager Micky Mellon is itching for November to end.

That itch is brought about by the moustache which he has agreed to leave unshaven throughout the month for charity.

His players are doing the same (though Vardy is sporting a Mohican as an alternative) and Mellon said: “I’m absolutely looking forward to December because I have never taken so much stick in my life.

“But it’s not often you get a chance to manage the Village People.”