Brodie digs deep to pull off great escape

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Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon insists his Fleetwood side will do better when they face Southport against on Sunday, writes ROB STOCKS.

Sloppy errors almost ruined Town’s Christmas, with Richard Brodie rescuing a point in the dying minutes.

But the manager insists there will be no repeat at Haig Avenue.

Mellon said: “We were not at our best, particularly in the second half, but when we went down to ten men I think we showed some real determination to get something out of the game.

“There were times when we were sloppy and we made the wrong decisions, and that is something we have to hold our hands up to.

“It was a battle at times, but you have to adjust to that, and you know you are going to come up against opposition like that.

“A good few decisions have gone against us, the kind that you’d think were 50-50, and we’ve ended up down to ten men.

“Jamie McGuire has made two tackles, one in either half. I can’t see anything in them really.

“One of their lads made four or five of the same kind of challenges and got absolutely nothing.

“We carried on going after the sending off and kept two up front, and it paid off thanks to a great finish.”

The Fleetwood boss is now preparing his side for the New Year’s Day rematch.

He said: “I might just set up with ten men – we seemed to be better that way this afternoon. It’s a great derby game, and we’re really looking forward to it”

Fleetwood’s manager insists another hotly anticipated local clash it isn’t proving a distraction.

He said: “I’m having no problems keeping them focused. “The league is our bread and butter and we just have to plan and prepare for the next game. Everybody is committed to that.”