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Rovers a Tough Test

22 July 2012

Fleetwood Town manager, Micky Mellon, regarded the 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers as the kind of tough challenge that his side needs at this stage of pre-season

By David Mitchell

Fleetwood Town manager, Micky Mellon, regarded the 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers as the kind of tough challenge that his side needs at this stage of pre-season:

‘You expect games like that to be tough but we still took a lot of positives from the game.  We don’t want to be playing sides who we can beat by five, six or seven and these are the types of challenges that stand us in good stead for the coming weeks and months.  It was good to get another ninety minutes under our belts.’ Mellon was disappointed with both goals conceded: ‘They were poor goals to give away and the sort that we need to get out of our system now.  There are some coaching points that we can take forward including marking tightly in the box.  Games like this let me know where we are and where we need to improve.’ ‘I was pleased with the way we passed at times.  We didn’t squeeze the ball enough in the first half but gave it a right good go in the second and put them under a bit of pressure.’ Mellon used all seven of his substitutions with the first, Barry Nicholson, replacing striker Jon Parkin immediately after the break: ‘Parkin’s got a groin niggle and we’ve a few bumps and knocks which every manager dreads but it happens at this time of the season.  We’ll take stock and adjust accordingly.’ ‘I would like to thank Blackburn Rovers for wanting to play us and Accrington Stanley for involving us in their plans.’

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