MAGNO Vieira hopes his 19th goal of the season will earn him a recall to Fleetwood Town’s starting side at Eastbourne on Saturday.
Town’s Brazilian striker won and then converted the decisive penalty four minutes from time which sealed victory over Tamworth at Highbury.
Top scorer Vieira was introduced ten minutes into the second half but doesn’t want to miss another minute of Town’s vital five-match run-in.
Vieira said: “Hopefully I’ve done enough to get myself back in the starting line-up. Every game is going to be a cup final.”
His contribution certainly drew praise from manager Micky Mellon, who said: “He looked bright and busy, and like someone who wanted to react to not playing. He is a special player for us.”
Despite complaints about the penalty from Tamworth players, their manager Des Lyttle had no complaints. He said: “I think it was a penalty. Some of our decisions let us down in the end and I’ve asked the boys to make better ones.”
Mellon wasn’t so charitable over Tamworth’s highly debatable equaliser, when an offside flag against Jason Bradley was overruled on grounds that the player was inactive.Mellon said: “What is the offside rule now? How can they see he’s not interfering with play when my players stop.
“The linesman puts his flag up and that should be it. I don’t know what offside is any more.”
There was no disputing Jamie McGuire’s opener for Town, which drew praise from his manager: “It showed great ability. He has twisted one way and then the other. It shouldn’t be underestimated.”
Mellon concluded that this was another mission accomplished by Town, although it wasn’t their most convincing performance.
The manager added: “I don’t think either team had real control of the game but we’ve ground out another result. That is what it’s all about at this stage of the season.
“I think we could have been tidier and kept the ball better, but games aren’t always pretty when there is so much at stake. We are delighted to get the three points.
“The message is that Fleetwood Town are in the play-off zone with five games to go. It’s a fantastic achievement but the work isn’t done yet. It promises to be a really exciting end to the season and I want my players to enjoy it.”
He admits it isn’t always enjoyable from the dugout, adding: “It’s a madbox in there and it can drive you insane, but the victories make it worthwhile.”
Mellon also praised defensive dependables Sean Gregan and skipper Steve McNulty, who he said have responded well to “a bit of stick”.
He added: “They are two big players for us. When they are doing well they give us a base to work from. A lot of the other lads get confidence from them because when they are doing it right we tend to win games.
“They have been brilliant for the last three or four games, after I gave them a bit of stick. I gave them a little prod and they have reacted brilliantly.”
“We have a nice clear week now and get the bumps and bruises out of the way before Eastbourne.”