Pleasing problems for Fleetwood boss

Micky Mellon
Micky Mellon

MICKY Mellon has a major headache today ... and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The Fleetwood boss has had so many injuries to deal with this season he reckons the team almost picked itself at times.

But with loan trio Charlie Wassmer, Ryan Jackson and Glen Wilson available after missing the FA Cup ties against Mansfield, Mellon has some serious thinking to do before tomorrow’s trip to promotion rivals Luton.

Fletwood are aiming to make it seven away wins on the bounce at Kenilworth Road, but it will be far from easy against a Hatters side beaten only once in their last six league games.

In what is the Blue Square Bet Premier League’s match of the day, between the second and fourth-placed sides, Mellon is expecting a tough battle.

He said: “It is always a difficult place to go and try to get a result, and there’s no doubt we will have to be somewhere near our best to get something.

“But we are confident and the good thing about tomorrow is that I have some really good options ... and about time too.

“I’ve not really had any selection problems of late because of the injury list, so it’s nice to have a dilemma at last.

“The three loan lads are all available, but whatever decision I make will be done to try to get a win for Fleetwood Town rather than for the needs of any individual.”

Mellon is delighted with Fleetwood’s recent form. The 5-0 replay demolition of Mansfield sets up an FA Cup first-round tie at home to Wycombe a week tomorrow, and Town are just two points behind leaders Wrexham in the league.

Their away form has been vital in lifting them up the table, though Mellon isn’t quite sure why it’s so good. We don’t really play any differently away from home – it’s the same-sized pitch,” he said.

“It is just confidence and us being positive, along with putting in some very hard work on the training ground.

“On top of that, we have some very good players who can provide that little bit of magic for us. I suppose when we’re at home, teams play more defensively and it becomes a different type of game.

“But we approach every game the same way – positively and trying to win it.”

Fleetwood couldn’t be in any better shape heading to Luton and Mellon rates Tuesday’s win over Mansfield as their best yet this season..

“When you create 28 scoring chances, it shows you how well we played. You don’t often get games like that – in fact, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it before.”

n FULL-BACK Paul Edwards could also enter the equation for tomorrow after putting in a full week’s training in an injury-hit season.

Mellon said: “Paul has had a bad run and his time has come to try to get a clear week under his belt. He will come into contention.

n MELLON says this week’s England call-ups for full-backs Shaun Beeley and Junior Brown should silence those who claim Town owe their success to spending big.

The defenders have been named in the England C squad for the away friendly against Gibraltar on Tuesdsay week.

Mellon said: “It’s terrific because a lot of stuff comes out about how Fleetwood buy players left, right and centre, but that isn’t necessarily true.

“Shaun Beeley has been here right from the start of my time at the club and has worked his socks off right through the levels. He has done terrifically well.

“Junior Brown never cost the club any money, and has stayed in the squad and kept improving. It’s important that people realise we have people here who work tirelessly.”