Town straight back up after their knock

Town's Jamie Vardy needs a helping hand and (below) fellow goalscorer Andy Mangan in action last Saturday.
Town's Jamie Vardy needs a helping hand and (below) fellow goalscorer Andy Mangan in action last Saturday.

SATURDAY scorers Andy Mangan and Jamie Vardy insist Fleetwood Town won’t be dwelling on the dropped points at Tamworth.

And they certainly won’t be playing the blame game after Magno Vieira’s penalty miss and Scott Davies’ goalkeeping blunder contributed to Saturday’s 2-2 scoreline which halted the leaders’ five-match winning streak in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Goalscorer Andy Mangan in action last Saturday

Goalscorer Andy Mangan in action last Saturday

Town have no midweek game to get the setback out of their system but the goal-grabbers say there are no negative thoughts ahead of Saturday’s trip to Mansfield.

Mangan, whose 13th goal of the season gave Town perfect start last weekend, said: “It was one of those frustrating games We gifted them two goals and they sat on it. We did really well to get back to 2-2 but could not score the winning goal and we have to go again now.

“We did quite well getting the ball into the goalmouth, but then maybe some bad finishing or wayward shots have cost us. All the attacking lads have to take responsibility.

“Mags was unlucky with the penalty and obviously that changed the game, and then there was the mistake by Scotty. But we are a good side, so there’s no point singling players out for mistakes. We don’t single players out at the other end. We take it on as a team, and Scott and Mags have been brilliant for us.”

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Vardy agrees with Mangan that Town had enough chances to win emphatically. Town’s 22-goal top scorer said: “We dropped two points. With the number of chances we had it could have been double figures but unfortunately we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

“But it always helps to have little a break between matches when you are carrying a few knocks, and it gives the players the opportunity to rest up, regroup, keep their fitness levels up and get ready for Saturday.”

Mangan said: “They defended OK with ten men behind ball and on another day it would have been five or six.

“I enjoy it massively here and told my dad it’s the best team I’ve played in by country mile. There are great players here and good ones who aren’t in the team, but it’s hard-working players who win leagues and we have to get ready to go again.We need to be ruthless because we have to win games like Saturday’s.”

Vardy too showed he is fully focused after all last month’s transfer speculation. He added: “The main thing is to keep the unbeaten run going and keep the pressure on at top.

“Wrexham have a game in hand now but as long as we win all our games we will win the league.”

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