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Final Word - Bradford City

23 August 2012

Fleetwood Town manager, Micky Mellon, felt that his side gave a good account of themselves against Bradford City on Tuesday evening but was left disappointed by the manner in which the only goal of th

By David Mitchell

Fleetwood Town manager, Micky Mellon, felt that his side gave a good account of themselves against Bradford City on Tuesday evening but was left disappointed by the manner in which the only goal of the game was conceded :

‘It’s always disappointing to lose a goal from a set play.  Youl (Mawéné) slipped and they took their chance. We knew very well what Bradford’s threats would be.   They are a big, direct and aggressive side who move the ball forward very quickly and get a lot of people around it.  We had combated this well and did pretty much what we needed to so to lose out at a set piece was disappointing. ’ ‘I was pleased with the way we came back.  We hit the post and there were numerous balls flying across the six yard box.  We had three strikers in there at the end and needed one to be on the end of a chance.  There wasn’t much between the sides and we matched Bradford for long, long periods.’  ‘There can be fine lines at this level and we are disappointed that things didn’t fall our way.  There are hard luck stories all the time in football and you have to go out and make your own luck.  That bit of good fortune might just go our way next time.  You’ve definitely got to take your chances, particularly away from home at tough places like Valley Parade.’ Town have yet to score in a competitive game but Mellon is not attaching too much significance to this statistic at this early stage: ‘I’m confident that it will come.  We’ll dust ourselves down and not get carried away with the result.  There is a massive difference between the Conference and League 2.  We’ve seen this in tempo, the competitive element and the quality of organisation.  There is also a small difference between the teams in this division.  We’re well aware of what we need to do and will learn from our experiences so far.’

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