MICKY Mellon isn’t the only one at Fleetwood Town to have witnessed at first hand the fans’ fervour at Bristol Rovers, his side’s opponents today.
Like manager Mellon, striker Steven Gillespie started his career with the Pirates’ arch rivals Bristol City and so has been able to warn his Town team-mates what lies in store.
The 27-year-old Liverpudlian said: “They have a massive fanbase and it will be a tough game. They are a massive club that shouldn’t be anywhere near the bottom.”
Gillespie hopes Town will make use of his West Country experience today as he bids to hit top gear after a low-key start to his Highbury career.
A prolific scorer with Colchester and previously with Cheltenham, Gillespie is yet to make his full League debut for Town, having come off the bench in all but one of their seven games to date. His only start this season was in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Rochdale.
But having given Mellon food for thought with two goals in a Central League Cup tie at Stoke and scoring his first League goal for the club from the penalty spot in the 5-2 midweek defeat by Port Vale, Gillespie is determined to prove he’s good for goals against more than just the Potteries sides.
He added: “It was good to claim that first goal in the league for Fleetwood. I’ve scored enough in the Football League, so I wasn’t waiting to break that milestone.
“The lads get forward well and we have plenty of goals in us. We pass the ball well and that has been shown with four goals against Aldershot and Morecambe.”
And he feels they could easily have matched that tally against the Valiants. “We had a lot of chances and the immediate feelings were that it could have ended up 5-5. There were chances at both ends and I think they made some great defensive blocks.
“They counter-attacked very well and the wingers really hurt us, but we want to be in the Football League playing against these sides, and hopefully we’ll be better for that game. We’ll just dust ourselves off and go out again on Saturday.”
Gillespie would have loved to start last weekend against a Northampton side managed by his former Colchester boss Aidy Boothroyd, but he won’t be too downhearted if he’s bench-warming again in Bristol.
“I’ve just got to try to impress and push for that starting place,” he said.
“We have got a good squad here, and you’ve got to bide your time and work hard.
“You can’t get too disappointed when you don’t start, because the lads have been scoring four goals. You’ve got to keep your head down and work hard, and hopefully it’ll pay off.”