Mellon’s happy hunting ground

Micky Mellon in his playing days
Micky Mellon in his playing days
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FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon takes his side to a ground that holds happy memories.

In the run-up to tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet Premier clash away to second-placed Luton Town, Mellon recalled two goals at Kenilworth Road that neatly book-ended his career.

He said: “I scored my first-ever League goal there as a 17-year-old when I was at Bristol City – and my last-ever senior goal there (for Tranmere)”

Mellon is hoping to add to that store of pleasant memories tomorrow – and, more important, maintain Fleetwood’s place in the play-off places.

It is the second big challenge in a week to confront Fleetwood, having lost 1-0 last Saturday away to table-toppers Wimbledon.

Fleetwood lost the corresponding fixture against Luton at Highbury back in August, going down 3-0, their cause not being helped when defender Paul Linwood was sent off.

Mellon said: “We are approaching the match in a positive way, and it is a great game for us to be involved in.

“When we played them at Fleetwood, it was a comfortable 3-0 win for them, but it obviously did not help when we had a man sent off.

“We are moving in the right direction, and tomorrow’s match will show us how far we have come.

“If you said five or 10 years ago that Fleetwood Town would be playing a league game against Luton, you would have thought people were barmy.”

Mellon said one of the lessons Fleetwood had learned was that mistakes likely lead to instant retribution.

He said: “Games are tight at this level, but you get punished for your mistakes, and any you make can be catastrophic.”

But Mellon insisted he forgiven goalkeeper Scott Davies for his error that gave Wimbledon their winning goal last Saturday, robbing Fleetwood of an honourable draw.

He said: “Scott is only young and if it is the only mistake he makes in his career then I will be very surprised.

“He has set high standards and will get over it, and I am delighted with the way he has played for us this season.”

Mellon is pondering his selection options prior to the visit to Luton, though one player certainly out is full-back Junior Brown, who is suspended for one match after being sent off at Wimbledon.

Mellon said: “We have more than adequate cover in Alan Wright.”

Mellon will look at his options in central defence – at Wimbledon he omitted captain Stephen McNulty from the start, preferring Will Haining to partner Sean Gregan.

The Fleetwood boss explained: “I just wanted to shake things up a bit.

“McNulty is bound to be disappointed at being left out, and there would be a problem if he hadn’t been disappointed.

“He has worked hard in training and I got the right reaction from him.”

Record signing George Donnelly is expected to be sidelined with a calf injury again.