Clancy brimming with hope for Hatters clash

Sean Clancy. Picture by Derrick Thomas

Sean Clancy. Picture by Derrick Thomas

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FLEETWOOD Town may be bidding to avoid a hat-trick of defeats when they visit the Hatters on Saturday – but winger Sean Clancy is still far happier than he was a few weeks ago.

After a frustrating injury-hit first half to the season spent on the fringes of a Town squad which took the Blue Square Bet Premier by storm, the 23-year-old has re-established himself as a first-team regular in recent weeks.

The former Blackpool trainee has held down his place since his first 90-minute outing of the season in last month’s 5-2 win at Mansfield and scored in Town’s last match at Highbury, the 2-0 defeat of Forest Green.

But Clancy has shared the frustration of Town’s other attacking players at their two 1-0 away defeats over the past week, and he welcomes the rare luxury of no midweek game tonight to ensure that Micky Mellon’s men are firing on all cylinders for Saturday’s trip to play-off-zone rivals Luton.

Clancy said: “We have a good chance to rest this week and to work on a few things in training with no midweek game.

“We were unlucky and conceded very late at Wimbledon on Saturday.

“We had most of the game at Wimbledon and the lads really tried their best, so to come come away with nothing was a real blow.”

Clancy was one of the many Town players to see chances go begging in London on Saturday as his side failed to score for the second match running.

But the winger refuses to dwell on Town’s troubles in front of goal and sees no reason why their fortunes shouldn’t be reversed when they continued a run of four successive away games at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

“The positive is that we performed at Wimbledon,” he added, “and we just have to kick on.

“Sometimes things go your way in front of goal and sometimes they don’t,” he added. “It’s just one of those things and we have to put Wimbledon behind us now.”