Injury-hit boss settles for a point

Lee Fowler in the thick of it
Lee Fowler in the thick of it

MICKY Mellon insisted a point isn’t to be sniffed at, as an injury-hit Fleetwood Town surrendered a first-half lead against AFC Wimbledon, writes ROB STOCKS.

Byron Harrison’s header, just after the hour mark, cancelled out Steven Gillespie’s early strike – the draw moving Micky Mellon’s men back into the automatic promotion spots.

He said: “We want to win every game we take part in. We sort of hobbled along today. We weren’t great.

“But we’ll take the point, which moves us into third place. That’s how strange a league this is. We’ve got to be pleased with a point which takes us into the automatic promotion places, that’s a positive. It was a bitty performance.”

Fleetwood were missing a number of first team players through injury, and striker Jon Parkin for family reasons, and Mellon acknowledged the challenge of team selection.

He said: “We’ve got a lot of players out. There were a lot of changes today. It’s very difficult to have so many personnel out, and we were forced into another reshuffle at half-time. It’s difficult to keep things moving along when you’ve got to make so many changes.”

Town’s performance was an improvement over last week’s defeat to Wycombe, but Mellon was still looking for improvements.

He said: “I’d like to see us keep the ball more. We tried to go with two up-front and, with all the changes we had to make, it was going to be tricky.

“There are some players who are integral to the way we play who are missing, and it looked like that today. We had to make a lot of changes and none of them were forced on us, so we’ve had to cope with that, not that I’m making excuses.”

Town conceded from a Dons free-kick, having taken the lead thanks to some composed finishing from Steven Gillespie.

Mellon said: “It was a very good goal, it was good to see it go in. But we were disappointed with the one we’ve conceded. It’s a straight free-kick and a glance.

“But we’ve got to be pleased to move into third. We’re not going to kid anyone and say we’re delighted with the way we’ve played. We know we can play much better. But it’s a tough league, and they were a big, physical side, and we had to make so many changes, you’ve got to take that into account.”