HAT-TRICK hero Jon Parkin warned against complacency as Fleetwood Town look to continue their revived playoff push.
Parkin bagged all three as Town cruised to victory at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday, a win which takes them within five points of seventh placed Exeter City, with a game in hand.
Fleetwood travel to second bottom Plymouth Argyle on Saturday and Parkin knows they’ll need to put in another strong performance.
He said: “Saturday is a good chance to put points on the board but they are going to be fighting for their lives. No game in this league is easy and we know if we don’t go down there and put in a performance, like we did at Accrington, we could get turned over.”
Parkin’s hat-trick at the Crown Ground was his second in a Lancashire derby this season – the first coming in Town’s emphatic 4-0 win at Morecambe.
It wasn’t a statistic which immediately dawned on the 31-year-old, who is now Fleetwood’s top goal scorer for the season with 12 goals.
He said:”It’s two derbies and two hat-tricks, somebody’s pointed that out to me.
“But for me it was just nice to score and the most important thing was getting the three points.”
Ending Town’s lean spell, which had brought just one goal in 450 minutes before the trip to Accrington, was an important milestone for Parkin – allowing Fleetwood to take command of the game.
“Getting that goal takes the pressure off,” he said “We deserved to be in the lead and once we got that lead, we commanded the game. That was what we needed to do.”
And Parkin, who spent three lengthy periods this season sidelined with a hamstring injury, is equally pleased to have got his own form back on track.
“It’s been three or four games since I got my last goal and that’s too long really. I should have scored on Saturday, I had a good chance and I was pleased to get a few at Accrington.”
Parkin opened his account at Stanley with a fine volley inside the area, his second coming from an inch perfect David Ball pass – the trio completed with a subtle touch to divert a Shaun Beeley cross past former Blackpool keeper Paul Rachubka.
“They were great balls in,” acknowledged Parkin. “Junior (Brown) clipped one over, for the first. It was a little bit behind me but I’ll let him off. For the second Bally’s put one through, I’ve had to change my stride pattern and then Beels put in a good ball for the last one.
“As a striker it’s the kind of service you want.”
And there was praise too for strike partner David Ball, whose work-rate was crucial in keeping the pressure on rock-bottom Stanley.
“Bally worked his socks off. He’s tried to pass one to Michel (Jean Michel Fontaine) at the end and I’ve had a word with him after and said I can’t believe he tried to pass that and not take a shot himself. He really deserves a goal.”
Fleetwood could have completed their rout late on, Fontaine rattling the crossbar deep into injury time, just missing out on grabbing his first goal in English football.
“It took a terrible bounce for him,” admitted Parkin – who was replaced by La Reunion international with just under 20 minutes remaining. But he’s done well to get a shot off.
“It would have been nice to see that go in for him and get him off running.”