FEARED striker Jamie Vardy, who has been a magnet for a host of Football League club scouts, is ready to be unleashed on Yeovil Town at Highbury tonight in the second round of the FA Cup.
Vardy sat out the 3-0 win over Kettering Town on Tuesday night – a result that jettisoned Fleetwood to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier standings.
The much-coveted striker was on the bench, but was not used against the Poppies – however, he has fully recovered from a foot injury and is set to take on the League One side from Somerset in a tie that will be played out in front of the ESPN TV cameras.
And manager Micky Mellon has an unshakable belief that having beaten a League One side (Wycombe) in round one, his team can emulate that tonight in front of an expectant, predominantly Fleetwood-supporting crowd.
The incentive is a possible clash with a Premier League club in the third round, and Mellon said that was the sole incentive driving the team on against Yeovil.
The Fleetwood boss said: “The place is very vibrant.
“We know the players have the ability to play in the Football League – they just happen to be playing non-league football at the moment.
“It is a massive achievement already for a team like Fleetwood to get to the second round of the FA Cup – and the good thing is that we don’t feel out of our depth.
“We have lots of confidence and we know that there is a lot of hard work to be done against Yeovil, and that it will be a really tough game because they are a side established in the Football League, while we are a fledgling club at this level, if you like.
“It will be tough for us, but it will be tough for Yeovil as well.
“We go into the match under no kind of pressure at all, and whatever happens tonight, we will come out of it with a pat on the back for what we have achieved.”
Mellon added: “Fleetwood will be a terrific place for a cup-tie like this.
“Tickets for the match have been flying off the shelf, and it will be good if we can fill the ground.
“Not only does it lift the players, but it will show support for what the chairman is trying to achieve at Fleetwood.”
Fleetwood will be without defender Charlie Wassmer, who has been on loan at Highbury from Crawley.
When Wassmer came to Fleetwood, Crawley stipulated that they didn’t want him cup-tied.
Mellon added: “We knew when Charlie came, that would happen, but I am not unduly worried because we have Shaun Beeley to bring into the side.
“We decided to give him a rest for the Kettering match on Tuesday because he is a player who puts his pedal to the metal every time he plays, so it was good that we were able to rest him.”
Central defender Stephen McNulty has been struggling with ankle ligament damage and is likely to miss the Yeovil match, though he will undergo a fitness check.
Gavin Williams could make a surprise return from injury for Yeovil, along with Alan O’Brien.
That is a welcome boost to the Glovers manager Terry Skiverton, who is aware that the TV cameras have been set up at Fleetwood in anticipation of TV viewers witnessing a live cup shock.
Skiverton said: “The reason the game is on ESPN is because they see it as a banana skin.
“We need to make sure that we have got that same confidence that we travelled to Hartlepool with and need to make sure that it goes to the form guide not to what the magic of the cup brings.”
Yeovil won 1-0 at Hartlepool last Saturday in a match monitored by a Fleetwood scout.