Micky Mellon was speechless after Fleetwood Town notched a fifth win on the bounce on Saturday to strengthen their play-off credentials – but it wasn’t his side’s performance that took his breath away.
The Cod Army manager was awe-struck by the new 1,800-seater Parkside Suite that was officially unveiled before the team’s emphatic 3-1 victory over Altrincham.
The £4.5million stand is still a few weeks from full completion but the plush hospitality suite, executive boxes and most of the seating were open on Saturday.
And the delighted Mellon paid tribute to chairman Andy Pilley for delivering the new facility that means Fleetwood now have the infrastructure in place that meets the Football League entry criteria.
“The stand really takes your breath away,” said Mellon. “I’m very fortunate that I’ve been here before these facilities were here and to see this club grow in the way it has.
“The facilities the fans now have to enjoy are a real testament to the chairman. He really has created a great football club. We are heading in the right direction, so we are delighted.”
And the Cod Army ushered in the new dawn with another impressive victory that sees them head into the Good Friday play-off crunch clash with Kidderminster in tip-top form. And Mellon is relishing the challenge.
“Friday is a fantastic game for us,” he said. “It is a game you want to be involved in and what an opportunity we have created for ourselves.
“I was delighted with the result, although I was disappointed we were a bit sloppy in front of goal.
“I think we got a little worried after missing chance after chance because you know what football is like – and we did get punished when they brought it back to 2-1.
“But George (Donnelly) came on and did what he does best, and at this time of the season it is all about winning games of football.
“Winning games brings confidence and momentum is great, if you use it, but Friday night will be a totally different game.”
Altrincham manager Ken McKenna said: “It could be a different story of the penalty had gone in. We gave away two poor goals after only letting them create two or three opportinuties.
“They played some good football and we had to ride our luck in the second half. We got ourselves reorganised too late and a bit more composure was needed after pulling one back.”