MICKY Mellon revealed that goalscorer Jamie Vardy played with an injury at Gateshead and responded well to some harsh half-time words ... as did all his team-mates.
Fleetwood manager Mellon said: “Vardy had not trained all week and has a bit of a foot injury.
“But we felt Vardy at 70 per cent would be good enough to make us a good side. To run around and perform like that with an injury was terrific.”
It was certainly a game of two halves for Mellon, who revealed that some unusually strong words were needed in between.
He explained: “We knew it would be a very difficult place to come but we made it more difficult for ourselves. We had a few decent chances in the first half, which we should probably have put away, but we were nowhere near the tempo we usually play at and the players forgot the reasons why we have been doing so well so far this season.
“Their goal was obviously disappointing because nobody took responsibility or control of the situation, and to give a goal away like that is laughable.
“You want teams to work as hard as possible to score against you but that was worse than a schoolboy error.
“But we got them in the dressing room and refocused them and told them what we expect.
“We have to work together as players and management to try to get results and the players responded to what we had to say at half-time. “Sometimes I haven’t had to say much, if anything, at half-time but on Saturday I was disappointed.”
And Mellon could hardly have been happier with the response, which he felt justified a winning goal.
He added: “We did give a much-improved performance in the second half and can count themselves very unlucky not to have won.
“You always have to respect a point away from home. You can’t expect to win every game away. A lot of teams will come here and come unstuck, and not dominate the game like we did in the second half.”
As for Ryan Charnock’s debut and Peter Cavanagh’s bow for the season, Mellon added: “We train and coach every day so that people can be expected to carry things forward when they come in.
“Charnock only joined us the other day and will get better and better. He brings good experience and also responded to a lacklustre first half.”
Asked about another big week which could see Town go top of the league at home to Kettering tomorrow and then claim another huge FA Cup scalp when Yeovil visit Fleetwood on Friday, Mellon said: “When isn’t it a big week at Highbury? It’s a terrific place to be and very buoyant. We need to continuedplaying with the aggression and tempo we showed in the second half at Gateshead.”