Howell fully focused on the future

Dean Howell
Dean Howell

GOAL hero Dean Howell believes Fleetwood Town’s first Football League campaign will go from strength to strength now that all-important first win has been achieved.

The full-back made history as the first man to score for the Cod Army in the Football League, when Howell’s free-kick sealed victory over his hometown club Burton.

But as Town look to kick on at home to Aldershot on Saturday, Howell insists he is not concerned with earning a place in Fleetwood folklore.

Howell said: “I didn’t really care about history – it was all about the three points.

“We had two games before Burton in which I think we were unluck, so I was delighted to get the win and get us going.”

The 31-year-old arrived from Crawley Town in the summer and sees a lot a parallels between the clubs.

He said: “I always wanted to join a team which had momentum.

“Having won the Conference and then won promotion from League Two with Crawley, I was delighted to join Fleetwood because they resemble Crawley so much. Hopefully we can achieve the same as they have.”

And Howell believes hard work on the training ground will pay off in the long run.

“There are a lot of new faces but people are working hard together. I think we’ll only get better as the season goes on,

“People maybe don’t realise the work that goes on at the training ground to make sure players gel together.

“We’ve got two new faces in the back four (Youl Mawene is the other) and that’s always going to be difficult.

“You are always going to make mistakes but mistakes make you better. You can learn from them but it takes time.

“We’ve kept two clean sheets in the opening three games and got the win at Burton. It was a smash and grab but sometimes you have to win ugly.

“We know we’ll play much better in other games and lose.”

Manager Micky Mellon isn’t too concerned that Town have scored only once in three games to day but is delighted that their goals against column shows only ‘one’ as well.

Mellon told The Gazette: “We knew that starting with two of our first three away it would not be easy to collect points, but you have to try to pick up as many as possible.

“Having played Bradford and Torquay, we now think they will be up there challenging, and we were delighted with the win at Bradford but we are still finding a lot out about ourselves.

“We have been creating chances and we were very disappointed not to take some of them, but as long as we are creating chances I’m not that bothered because I know the goals will come.

“We have looked really good defensively and have been doing a lot of pleasing work with the back four and goalkeeper, so there are a lot of positives and we are enjoying the challenge of every game.”

n FLEETWOOD Town embark on their first ever Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign away to League Two rivals Rochdale on Tuesday and fans are being given every encouragement to follow their favourites on the Wembley trail.

Not only do match tickets cost just £5 (with £1 concessions) but Town are offering coach travel to Spotland for just £5 too.

The coach will leave Highbury at 5pm for the 7.30pm kick-off and Fleetwood fans must buy match tickets in advance from the club shop. Call (01253) 775080, option 1.