Mangan determined to finish job

Andrew Mangan

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THE Fleetwood Town players are determined to finish off the job of fulfilling the long-cherished ambition of attaining Football League status when they face Lincoln City at Highbury tomorrow night.

The tv cameras will be there again, expecting to capture Fleetwood’s coronation as Blue Square Bet Premier champions.

Victory over Lincoln would seal it there and then.

A draw would leave Fleetwood awaiting Wrexham’s result on Saturday at home to Grimsby –Wrexham have to beat the Mariners to have any chance of staying in the hunt, as well as winning all their remaining matches.

And the Fleetwood players say they are up for the final push.

Striker Andy Mangan, who played against his old club Wrexham in the 1-1 draw on Tuesday night, said of that match: “I don’t think either team played great – we certainly didn’t.

“We didn’t play to our best abilities and I think the occasion might have got to some of the lads.

“But our unbeaten run continues and it was a point at the end of the day.

“We are looking forward to Friday and we go again.

“We are unbeaten and are having a good time.”

Mangan came in for some stick from the Wrexham supporters, but took it in his stride.

“Obviously, you get a few shouts which aren’t particularly nice, but you expect them, and some of the shouts were quite funny – it’s only banter.

“I did quite well for them, but now I’m a Fleetwood Town player and I’m so happy to be here.”

Mangan had a spell with Blackpool, as did goalkeeper Scott Davies as a youngster.

And he too is relishing the big match atmosphere of the Lincoln clash tomorrow, though he admits the team did not perform up to expectations against Wrexham and they need to up their game against the Red Imps tomorrow.

Davies admitted: “I don’t think we really turned up – it was quite a tough game and they came and threw everything at it.

“A few of the lads got a little bit nervous at what was at stake but at the end of the day it’s a fantastic point.”