Mellon defends Eastham selection

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MICKY Mellon insists he has no regrets over his defensive shake-up following Fleetwood Town’s 5-2 home humiliation by Port Vale.

Blackpool youngster Ashley Eastham was handed his first Highbury start as the Town boss took the opportunity to rest Youl Mawene – an ever -present in a Fleetwood back four which had conceded just two goals in Town’s previous six League Two games.

That record was shattered thanks to a brace each from Louis Dodds and Tom Pope, Ashley Vincent adding the fifth for the division’s top scorers.

Mellon said: “Youl has done great for us but he needed a break. He came in on Monday morning and looked like he had rigormortis.

“We can’t keep flogging people. We’ve got a squad here who we believe are all first-team players and we’ll continue to use them.

“People have been brought here to play and I’ve no regrets about anything we’ve done or any choices we’ve mad. It was just a night when we never did the basics properly and got punished.”

Mellon wasn’t ready to point fingers following the heavy defeat, preferring to review the match footage before his squad return to training today.

He added: “I’ve got my feelings about a lot of things we could have done a lot better.

“But rest assured that when Thursday morning comes, when the players have all calmed down because we’re all disappointed, the dust will have settled and we’ll try to put things right.”

Town have a good chance to do so on Saturday away to a Bristol Rovers side who have picked up just three points from seven games, earning a draw with South West rivals Plymouth on Tuesday.

One man raring to make amends is front man Andy Mangan, who took to Twitter following Tuesday’s defeat to vent his frustration.

Mangan posted: “No sleep... Saturday can’t come quick enough!”