GOAL ace Jamie Vardy insists Fleetwood Town are still in control of their own destiny following Tuesday’s spectacular 6-2 victory over Ebbsfleet United.
The striker’s 29-minute hat-trick helped Town remain two points clear of Wrexham at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier, although the Welshmen have a game in hand.
Vardy said: “I know Wrexham have that game but it’s in our hands at the end of the day
“They still have to come here (on April 10) and we’ll do everything we can to get a result.
“All we have to do is keep winning our games and not worry about what is happening anywhere else.”
Vardy’s second hat-trick of the campaign, taking his Town tally for the season to 25, was rounded off with a spectacular lob over Fleet keeper Lance Cronin from the halfway line.
The striker said: “I just heard the players around scream, ‘Shoot, shoot!’
“The ball just broke free from one of their players. I spotted the keeper quite far away from his goal-line and just went for it.
“I was delighted it went in ... because (if it hadn’t) the gaffer would have been furious.”
Manager Micky Mellon again named four strikers in his starting line-up and Vardy was full of praise for fellow forward Andy Mangan, who added to his tally for the season from the penalty spot.
The 25-year-old added: “Andy’s passing game has been fantastic for all season long. The way he can pick a pass and unlock defences is brilliant. He’s set up quite a few goals for us all and he linked up so well Magno and myself on Tuesday.”
Vardy was linked with big-money moves to a number of Championship and SPL clubs during last month’s transfer window but inists he is happy at Highbury.
The Yorkshireman said: “You hear all the talk but I’m happy here and we’ve got a job to do – to get Fleetwood promoted.”
Mellon insisted there was never any chance of losing his top scorer, despite all the rumours and offers, including one from Ian Holloway’s Blackpool. The manager confirmed: “Selling Jamie was never part of the plan. “It was never going to happen.
“We had a plan when Jamie signed and that was for him to be here until the end of the season. That was always going to be the case.”
Town, unbeaten in the 18 league games since mid-October, will be hoping to complete a third home victory in eight days when they entertain struggling Alfreton Town on Saturday.