JAMIE Milligan scored his 50th league goal for Fleetwood Town last Saturday but the midfield maestro insists he’s happier setting them up.
The 31-year-old reached his milestone when he opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Saturday’s victory at Braintree, but the former Seasider is simply pleased to have played a part in Town’s upturn in fortunes after a mixed start.
Milligan has been back in the starting line-up for Town’s last seven matches and Micky Mellon’s men have won six of them, drawing the other.
Milligan said: “It’s good have got 50 goals but the main thing is that the team has picked up and we are doing brilliantly now. We started a bit slowly but the lads are flying now.”
And he is convinced fitness is a factor, adding: “I’d say we are fitter than any team in this league.
After my (knee) operation in the summer, I worked hard with the physio and conditioner and I’m the fittest I’ve been for quite a few years.”
After welcoming 15th-placed Forest Green Rovers to Highbury on Saturday, Town’s next four Conference fixtures will be against teams currently in the bottom six.
Town made a habit of dropping points against the struggling sides last season but Milligan can’t see that happening again.
“For the last few seasons we’ve done well against the better teams and struggled against the ones lower down there, but I think we’ve improved as a team and I don’t think there will be any problems there.
“It’s the best team spirit since I’ve been here and there are no bad eggs.”
The best remembered of all Milligan’s goals has ironically been struck from the records – a sensational strike from inside his own half against Farsley Celtic in January last year.
It helped Town to a 2-0 win but all Farsley’s matches that season would ultimately be declared void after the troubled club dropped out of the league.
Milligan recalled: “It’s the goal that never was but it was viewed by 3m people on YouTube. I tried to do it again on Saturday and hit the side-netting.
“I always look to see if the keeper is off his line, and at Braintree their lad put the ball down for me, so I just hit it and missed by inches.
“I don’t really go out to be a scorer, though. I prefer setting them up but as long as we’re winning I’m not bothered.”
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