Confident Mangan seeks starting spot

Fleetwood's Andy Mangan
Fleetwood's Andy Mangan
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ANDY Mangan will be hoping that any potential shake-up by Micky Mellon at

Fleetwood Town involves him returning to the team, after he came on as a substitute for David Ball during the defeat to Bradford following starts against Nottingham Forest and Torquay.

Mangan said: “Competition for places is really strong this season. I’d like to think that I’d be starting; it’s obviously up to the manager but I’m confident in my own ability and I’ll always back myself against anybody.”

Both Mangan and Ball were inches away from rippling the back of the net on Tuesday, but the striker shares his manager’s attitude – the goals will come.

“I’m sure if you spoke to Bally, he’d like to think he’d finish that on another day, and myself with my header – I probably should have four goals in two games.

“But over the course of the season, I’m quite sure it’ll level itself out.

“We addressed a few things in training on Thursday. I wouldn’t say we’ve had clear-cut chances – we’ve certainly had opportunities – but there’s a lot of new players and we’re all finding out which way is probably best to play. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll put points on the board and certainly score some goals.”

Burton may have hit Wimbledon for six during the week, but they have also conceded seven goals in their last three games.

It’s something Town’s forward line will be looking to expose, although Mangan stresses they are not expecting to break down their defence easily.

“Every game’s totally different. We’re going to show Burton the same respect as we show every single team that we play, we’re just going to go there and play our normal football and hopefully get a good result. This league’s a bit different to the one we’ve just come out of, teams are a lot more organised and more professional.

“Burton have just come off the back of a really good result, but we’ve not got a lot to worry about – we know we’re a good side and that things are gelling.”