Mellon: Ref made it tough

Alex Marrow receives second yellow
Alex Marrow receives second yellow

MICKY Mellon was left seeing red over key refereeing decisions following Fleetwood Town’s goalless draw at Rochdale.

Alex Marrow was sent off 20 minutes into the second half for a second yellow card – a decision Mellon insists referee Mark Brown got wrong.

He said: “I don’t know about Rochdale making it difficult for us. The referee made it difficult for us at times, if I’m honest.

“You can’t really say as much as you want to about that.

“But, given all that happened, I’m delighted to have got the clean sheet and the point.”

Mellon continued: “It wasn’t made any easier by some crazy decisions where I don’t think there were any really heated moments in the game.

“It wasn’t like people were going to get hurt. There wasn’t anything out there that someone should have been sent off for. If someone else has seen something different they can show me and I’ll quite happily hold my hands up and say I was wrong.”

Marrow was judged to have fouled Dale’s Andrew Tutte but Mellon insisted the midfielder was an innocent party.

He said: “It wasn’t him that tackled him, it was Cutis Obeng.

“But he can’t get his card out quick enough.

“He’s like a pop-up toaster.

“He can’t get it out quick enough, instead of just taking a deep breath and assessing the situation.

“If you’re going to book people for every little bit of coming together like that then we’re going to be playing four-a-side.”

Town could easily have fallen behind when Dean Howell conceded a penalty – bringing down Rochdale’s Bobby Grant. But keeper Scott Davies kept up his fine form facing spot-kicks to deny Ashley Grimes – a moment of brilliance on a day the keeper was too often off his game.

Mellon said: “It was uncharacteristic, he was a bit sloppy at times and he’ll be disappointed with that.

“But it was a fantastic penalty save and in the end he’s probably earned us a point.”

Fleetwood’s best chance came from Curtis Obeng, a midweek loan signing from Swansea City – the midfielder taking the ball round two Dale defenders before shooting straight at Josh Lillis.

Mellon was pleased with the youngster’s debut.

He said: “Curtis is unlucky not to have scored. He’s jinked well and shown what he’s capable of.

“He’ll bring good qualities to the group.”

Following trips to Chesterfield and Rochdale, both League One sides last season, Town sit in fourth spot, having taken four points on the road this week – something Mellon is delighted with.

He said: “To come to a tough place like Rochdale and to earn a point we would have been pleased anyway.

“But in the end it was a hard fought point and, after two tough away games to come out with four points we’re happy with that.”