Mellon fails in striker hunt

Shaun Beeley in aerial action
Shaun Beeley in aerial action
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FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon has drawn a blank in his striker search.

And he will soldier on with the resources at his disposal after being blocked in his bid to get a loan replacement for the sidelined Jon Parkin, who is sidelined with injury.

Mellon does not have an out-and-out target man for the role filled by Parkin, who is out until the New Year.

On the eve of tomorrow’s trip to Dagenham and Redbridge, the frustrated Fleetwood boss reflected: “We will have to make do with what we’ve got.

“I threw a few names at the football club – quite a lot – but none of them have been accepted or agreed.

“I felt the players that I put forward to the chief executive would help our situation, but I have been told it can’t be done.

“We need a presence in the final third of the field, which is what Parkin was brought to the club to provide, but I don’t have that at the moment.

“It’s my job as a manager to sort things out.”

Mellon has had to alter his strategy to cover for Parkin’s absence.

“We have had to play Jamie McGuire further forward than we would like.

“People ask me why I only play David Ball up front on his own, instead of two strikers, but then if I do that I run the risk of being over-run in midfield.

“That’s part of the job of being a manager to deal with things like that.”

Mellon has poured cold water on reports that one of his proposed targets was Bolton’s Kevin Davies, but he said that was the sort of front man he had been seeking until he was knocked back.

Fleetwood take on the Daggers tomorrow on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley.

It was not the only surprise result on Tuesday evening with Rotherham going down at home to Wycombe and leaders Gillingham slipped up at home to Exeter.

Mellon respects the kind of threat that John Still’s Dagenham will pose tomorrow – in their last home match they thumped Rotherham 5-0.

Mellon said: “That result came after we could only draw 1-1 with Rotherham.

“Dagenham have had some other good results -–they are a very athletic side and we have to match that.

“They make you defend because of their athleticism and enthusiasm.

“They have a group of players who want to play for the football club, and it is a difficult place to go and we know the threats that they are,”

Despite Tuesday’s chastening defeat at the hands of Accrington, Fleetwood still boast fourth place in the table.

They expect to have Shaun Beeley and Alex Morrow fit and available in the hope that the duo have recovered from a stomach bug.