Loan heroes home in on win

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FLEETWOOD Town fans will be looking forward to three home debuts tomorrow and to three points against bottom club Bath.

Town will be firm favourites to consolidate second spot with victory over the Blue Square Bet Premier’s bottom club, but while Tuesday’s 4-1 win at Alfreton was their sixth successive away win, Micky Mellon’s side have taken just two points from the last three Highbury matches.

However, tomorrow’s home clash will be the first to feature the loan trio of Crawley defenders Charlie Wassmer and Glenn Wilson as well as Wimbledon winger Ryan Jackson.

Wassmer and Wilson could join forces in the heart of defence tomorrow, with club captain Steve McNulty suspended after picking up a fifth booking at Alfreton.

Mellon said: “The loan signings have done very well and we are really pleased with their contribution, but we want to make sure we keep our focus and keep winning games.

“This is another huge game and hopefully we will be involved in huge games for the rest of the season. We enjoy them and are fully focused on giving another good performance.”

With Rob Atkinson and Paul Linwood injured, Nathan Pond is the only alternative to pairing the new loan duo at centre-back.

The back four could be boosted by the return of Shaun Beeley after a toe injury, while further upfield Gareth Seddon could return to the starting line-up after coming on as a half-time substitute at Alfreton.

But Wassmer looks sure to be involved after his solid start. And the 20-year-old, who started his career with Hayes and Yeading, can’t wait to help Town end their Highbury hoodoo.

Wassmer said: “We’ve had two good away wins and we’re scoring plenty of goals. It was a bit disappointing not keeping a clean sheet at Alfreton.

“We were solid all round against Lincoln but the Alfreton performance was a bit disappointing – but we won and those are the games that win you the league. Bath could be another of those.

“They could come and play the hearts out, but if we get an early goal we can settle down and play the football the gaffer wants us to play.”

However, this will be Wassmer’s first game without skipper McNulty alongside him and he admits: “Macca has been great with me. He’s experienced and will be a big miss.”

McNulty is disappointed at missing out on Town’s homecoming and still feels there is room for improvement.

He said: “I think we could have played a lot better as a team at Alfreton. It wasn’t our best performance this season but it’s three points which we’ll take.

“We don’t get the breaks at home – teams are coming to our place and just sitting in. They’re getting ten people behind the ball and we find it difficult to break down at times. I’ve said all along, the group of lads we’ve got here will be up there at the end of the season, so we just need everyone to keep the faith.”

Mellon isn’t convinced the difference between Town’s home and away form can be put down to visitors’ defensive tactics.

The manager added: “When we have had opportunities to put the final ball into dangerous areas we have been found wanting at home, or when we have got good balls over we haven’t had players on the end of them.

“We need to be clinical with the opportunities we get, as were at Lincoln and Alfreton.”

He hopes the fans will play their part too: “They have been terrific and can be our 12th man, but they have a part to play and give us a lift when we need it.”

Bath were beaten 2-1 at Highbury last season have won only once so far this, at home to Darlington a fortnight ago.