MICKY Mellon hailed Scott Davies “one of the best goalkeepers in our League” after his heroics at Bristol Rovers at the weekend ... and now the Fleetwood Town manager has gone a stage further.
“I don’t think I’ve seen many young keepers as good as Scott anywhere,” Mellon told The Gazette as he enjoyed a match-free midweek before embarking on another three-game League Two week at Barnet on Saturday.
The last three matches in eight days yielded four points as Town consolidated a play-off position, and it could have been only three but for Davies’ dexterity in keeping the Pirates at bay in the West Country last Saturday.
The 25-year-old, now in his third season
at Town following five years at Morecambe, has gone from strength to strength since establishing himself at the club’s no.1 and has risen to the challenge posed by the club’s summer signing of Chris Maxwell from Wrexham.
Mellon said: “Scott works really hard and over the last season he has just got better and better.
“Goalkeepers always tell you they like competition because it takes them out of their comfort zone, and Scott knows that having a Wales Under-21 goalkeeper here has done the club no harm.”
The manager saw some tired legs in the South West and was grateful for the blank midweek to rest weary limbs and to work on the training ground.
“It’s good to get a breather and get the legs rested after three tough games in a week,” the manager said. We tried to get some fresher legs out there last Saturday but my team did look like they had played three games in eight days.
“We should have had a penalty but it’s swings and roundabouts. We won’t gripe about it and I’m pleased with the point.
“You respect any point you gain away from home in this division. We are where we would like to be in the league and that was a good point.”
Local hero Davies is himself grateful for a less hectic week.
The former Cardinal Allen pupil said: “The last week was a tough one and we’ll regroup in training. This week will be all about Saturday and planning for a good result. As a defensive unit we have to happy with five clean sheets out of eight and that is plenty to push on with.”