MICKY Mellon was delighted with his players’ response to a day of enormous emotion at Darlington.
After getting the green light on Wednesday afternoon to stage Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Fleetwood, cash-crippled Darlington’s home match with York next weekend will be their last unless more funds can be found.
Town boss Mellon said: “You could see all the emotion around the place, which I thought was terrific, but the players gave a really good account of themselves.
“We played some fantastic football and were in control for long, long periods but could not get the second goal which would have made it comfortable.
“We are deligthed with the three points but the most important thing is that Darlington survive. We hope the people of Darlington continue to have a team to support because it is a great football area and a fantastic club.
“We didn’t really know what team Darlington would be putting out and we were surprised there was only one change to the team that had been playing for the last few weeks.”
That took some doing, as Quakers boss Craig Liddle explained, after all the players’ contracts were terminated last Monday.
“We worked wonders to get them all registered in time and get the paperwork right,” he said. “At tea-time on Thursday, I thought, ‘I can’t do this any more’. We were jumping over one hurdle and they were putting a bigger one in front of us. But we got the game on and I had 14 players out there who gave everything they got. I think every one of them can be proud of their performance.”
Mellon’s only criticism of his side concerned their finishing. He added: “Maybe in the final third we needed to be a wee bit more incisive and to have a bit more of a cutting edge.
“We have to take a bit more care in there to make sure the next person to touch the ball is either a Fleetwood player or the keeper picking it out of the net.
“But we did very well to come here and deserve our victory on what was always going to be a difficult day.”
It was a good day for Town’s new signings as Danny Rose made it two goals in two starts, Lee Fowler made his full debut and Richie Allen got half an hour under his belt after a groin injury forced Gareth Seddon off.
Mellon said Seddon’s knock was no cause for concern. ““He picked up a bit of a problem in Scotland and did not train on Thursday or Friday. We did well to get an hour out of him and it was a great opportunity to introduce Richie back to the club.”
Micky Mellon was talking to DERICK THOMAS