Mellon carries can for poor derby show

Jamie McGuire
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MICKY Mellon laid the blame squarely at his own door after Fleetwood Town’s seven-match unbeaten run was ended by Accrington Stanley last night.

A James Beattie penalty and George Miller goal meant Town were two goals down after just 17 minutes. Jamie McGuire’s first League goal was scant consolation as Town went down 3-1 but remain fourth in League Two.

Mellon said: “I’m shocked. But I’m the manager and I’ve got to take responsibility because most of my players couldn’t pass the football. As their manager that’s my job – to make them pass the football.

“Their movement was poor. Again, as the manager I’m supposed to teach them movement.

“Defensively we were all over the place. Some of the goals ... I’ve not seen anything like that for a long, long time.

“But, again, as the manager I’m supposed to coach them their defensive duties. Obviously I haven’t communicated that with them properly because they haven’t done it properly, so, I’ll take responsibility for that. We’ll go back on the training ground and we’ll go over it all again.”

Fleetwood had plenty of possession against a Stanley side content to defend their two-goal advantage, but the final ball and a creative touch up front were both lacking.

Mellon admitted: “We never showed enough craft. We never showed enough movement or quick thinking in the final third to get down the side of them or in behind their full-backs.

“People weren’t linking in, but again that’s my job to get them doing that. I’ve got to go and put that right.”

“It’s always difficult when you go two goals down – and they were two horrendous goals. It’s difficult to find the character to bounce back from that. Not enough of us tonight were able to find it.

“I take nothing away from Accrington. They thoroughly deserved their victory and exploited our inadequacies all over the pitch. We helped them by not being able to keep the football.”

And Mellon made it clear his half-time plan to claw Fleetwood back into the game had gone awry.

“We tried to get the full-backs forward and make it two on one.

“I maybe got the message wrong at half-time, so maybe I’ve not communicated that properly again the manager takes the bullet for that.”

Town travel to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday and Mellon believes his side have what it takes to bounce straight back

“I’ll get a reaction, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.