FLEETWOOD boss Micky Mellon insists the pressure will be on Wrexham when the Welshmen come to Highbury tomorrow for a vital promotion clash.
Fleetwood have gradually dropped out of the play-off places in recent weeks, while Wrexham have cemented their place in fourth as the Blue Square Bet Premier League campaign comes to a climax.
Wrexham boss Dean Saunders has labelled it a must-win match for Mellon’s side, insisting: “We can do some damage to Fleetwood and really they have got to beat us.
“This is very big because we can stop them getting to where they want to be.”
However, Mellon says there is far more pressure of expectation on Wrexham.
“We have had a fantastic season ourselves, no matter what league we end up playing in next season.
“Wrexham could be in a bit of trouble if they don’t get back into the Football League.
“They are a massive club with crowds of 3,500 and 4,000, so expectations are massively high.
“Their fans expect them to be in the Football League and at the very least in the play-offs.”
Mellon still has confidence that Fleetwood can reach the play-offs themselves.
“If the players don’t think the same way, they know they would be out of the team!
“You only have to look at our results to know if we play well, then we are a match for any team in this league.”
Mellon says that includes tomorrow’s visitors who are expected to bring more than 1,000 fans to Fleetwood.
The Welsh side will include a striker instantly recognisable from his Blackpool days –Andy Morrell – while another Wrexham player Andy Mangan also had a spell at Bloomfield Road.
Fleetwood will check on the fitness of Gareth Seddon, who left the field early in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crawley last Saturday.
Mellon said: “Gareth got on the whack on the ankle and he should be okay.
“It is touch and go with Shaun Beeley’s hamstring.
“If the match had been played on Thursday, he would not have been able to play, but sometimes players make a Lazarus-like recovery.”
Fleetwood are also monitoring the fitness of defender Paul Linwood.
Midfielder John Miles has joined Blue Square Bet North club Droylsden on loan.
Mellon said: “John needs games and Droylsden are a good footballing side.”
The Fleetwood boss added: “Every Monday I get phone calls from other managers wanting to take players on loan who have not been in the first team at the weekend.”
Mellon denied suggestions that Kendal had tried to take Danny Rowe back to his old club on loan. He insisted: “Danny is a Fleetwood player and his future is here.”
TWO youngsters from Burnley have been training at Fleetwood, and there is a chance that one or other the them could come to the club on loan.
Clarets midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey, a regular in the Burnley reserve team, has been training at Fleetwood’s Fylde rugby club headquarters, along with promising central defender Chris Lynch.
Mellon continues to have a good relationship with Burnley, where he was a popular player.
MELLON has defended his Fleetwood side’s disciplinary record.
He said he was taken aback to see his side high up in a list of clubs getting the most yellow and red cards.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw that we were in second place in the ‘naughty list’.
“Sometimes, I think that our problem is that we are not aggressive enough!”
Mellon revealed the reason behind Seddon’s yellow card just before he withdrew in the Crawley match, not for dissent, but for an elbow.
FLEETWOOD Town marched into the semi-finals of the Galaxy Football Lancashire League Cup with a 3-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic at Highbury.
Danny Rowe scored twice, and Mark France also got on the score-sheet.
Town have been drawn away to Colne in the Northern Division semi-final. Match date to be confirmed.
TOWN club coach Melissa Brown, 20, has been awarded her level three UEFA B licence.
She heads the club’s Saturday Morning Club from 10-11 on the Memorial Park in Fleetwood and school-age youngsters are welcome to attend.