Fleetwood’s great cup escape

Fleetwood celebrate Jamie Milligan's equaliser from the penalty spot
Fleetwood celebrate Jamie Milligan's equaliser from the penalty spot
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FLEETWOOD Town are still alive in the FA Cup ... and manager Micky Mellon is loving every minute.

The Cod Army left it late last night – earning a second-round replay against League One Yeovil thanks to two goals in the final eight minutes at Highbury, where Jamie Milligan sealed a 2-2 draw with an 88th-minute penalty.

ESPN brought the FA Cup to Highbury for their live broadcast of a match attended by over 3,300, and the Town boss is delighted his side will be in tomorrow’s third-round draw alongside the giants of the English game.

He said: “ I love the FA Cup. I love the attention it’s bringing us on nights like this, and hopefully there will be more.”

The manager paid tribute to his squad who dug deep to come back from 2-0 down. “I’m very proud of them and I’m delighted we’re still in it,” he said.

“To a certain extent we were architects of our own downfall.

“Their first was a great strike, but for the second we gave the ball away too cheaply in the middle of the park.

“I thought if we got one we could get another because they were getting deeper and deeper.

“I don’t think anybody can say we didn’t deserve to stay in the tie.

“I knew that if we got one the momentum and the crowd would be behind us and we would always have a chance.”

Mellon admitted the wet and wild night made it tough for both sides. “I don’t think you could really get worse conditions, but you have to adjust to that and play differently.”

Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton will be ready to welcome Micky Mellon’s men to Huish Park on Tuesday week.

He said: “I’m disappointed we gave away two goals but we knew it was going to be tricky.

“We’re in the hat for the third round and that was our objective.

“It was a really good tie, and now we have another game and they have to travel.”