Mellon to keep high flyers grounded

Charlie Wassmer
Charlie Wassmer

MICKY Mellon’s tough task is to maintain a normal atmosphere around Fleetwood Town in an extraordinary week.

Mellon’s side bid for their first ever Football League scalp on Saturday, when they welcome League One Wycombe to Highbury in the first round of the FA Cup.

While the occasion is nothing new to Town, who have earned a crack at League opposition in this tournament in each of Mellon’s three previous seasons in charge, the manager admits there is a special feeling around the club’s Fylde training base this week.

After running Hartlepool, Northampton and Walsall close in recent years, every Town fan would love to see their replay win over Mansfield rewarded with a historic success against the Chairboys.

But Mellon is determined to maintain the focus on hard work in order to make the most of a blank week building up to Saturday’s big match.

The manager said: “The FA Cup is always exciting and you always look forward to it but the most important thing is to get a good week’s preparation under your belt.

“You have to remember that it’s still just a game and you don’t want to to be changing things in training.

While ankle ligament damage rules Junior Brown out of the equation, Mellon does have the option of restoring Charlie Wassmer to the defence, after his diabetic condition ruled him out for the Luton match last weekend.

Like fellow defender Glenn Wilson, Wassmer is on loan at Town from League Two Crawley.

Last season’s Conference champions don’t want Wilson to play in the FA Cup for Town – and so become cup-tied – but they are happy for Wassmer to feature this weekend.

The third of Town’s recent loan recruits, winger Ryan Jenkins, is due to return to AFC Wimbledon at the end of the week unless an extension can be agreed.

Mellon told The Gazette he would happily keep Jenkins on board and he plans to discuss the possibility with the League Two club.