Hume: Lightning can strike twice

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On-loan striker Iain Hume believes it’s written for Fleetwood Town to repeat his amazing final day promotion drama of last season.

Preston ace Hume was in the Doncaster Rovers side which won promotion to the Championship with a final-minute goal against Brentford.

That game was all the more extraordinary given Rovers scored straight from a missed Bees penalty – a moment Hume will never forget.

With Fleetwood visiting second-placed Chesterfield on the final day Hume believes there could be a repeat of that Griffin Park drama.

“I’ve had a few big finishes to the season over my time in the game,” the 30-year-old told The Gazette.

“Finally in the last couple of years they’ve been at the right end of the table.

“Last season was unbelievable.

“And the thing is it’s written there for us to do it again.

“If we can repeat what we did last year with Donny you’re going to have a ridiculously happy town, fans and players come the end of the game at Chesterfield.”

Fleetwood need to win their two remaining games to be in with a chance of automatic promotion and need Chesterfield or Rochdale, the two teams ahead of them to drop points.

But he believes Fleetwood have shown, over the last week, they are more than capable of taking the fight right to the death.

Hume said:”We can hope somebody’s going to slip up but they last thing we want to be doing is concentrating on that.

“Since I’ve been here Friday and Monday (against Cheltenham and Wycombe) showed us the character this place has got.

“They were both horrible games for different reasons.

“Friday first half we were poor, everybody to the man was poor and rightfully we were a goal down.

“But second half, how we’ve approached it there was only one team going to win it.

“We thoroughly deserved the three points.

“Then it comes back to Monday, the hurdle of having Goody sent off after 12, 13 minutes.

“It made things really hard for us but if you look at the stats and the way the teams played we deserved the points.

“We controlled it beginning to end.”

What’s more the Canadian international believes Fleetwood’s victories in the face of adversity have proved their doubters wrong.

“It’s showed the grit this side has got,” he said.

“That’s one of the thing people might have questioned.

“On paper it’s a really good squad.

“You question why they dropped a couple of points here, a couple there.

“We’ve answered that.

“We’ve dug deep.

“The Exeter game we’ve got to scratch off, it was a no-show.

“But since then there’s not a game we haven’t deserved to win – even the draws against Rochdale and Morecambe at home.

“We’ve worked as hard as we can to get everything out of every game.

“There’s two left and there’s no reason why the lads aren’t going to show the same attitude and endeavour.”

Tomorrow Town face Southend United, themselves inside the play-off positions.

Fleetwood are yet to beat The Shrimpers in their brief Football League history.

But Hume wants to see them ‘steam-roller’ a side led by his former Deepdale boss.

He said: “I played for Phil Brown for eight months.

“Things were against him from day one.

“But I enjoyed it.

“He made me captain of his team and we always got along well.

“I haven’t a bad word to say about him.

“He’s doing alright with Southend now.

“But we’re not going to take that into account.

“We’ve got to look after number one.

“We’ve got to steam-roller them, win the game and get those crucial points.”