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Final Word - Rochdale

5 September 2012

Fleetwood Town’s debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy may have ended in disappointment but manager Micky Mellon was able to find plenty of positives from the tie at Spotland.

Fleetwood Town’s debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy may have ended in disappointment but manager Micky Mellon was able to find plenty of positives from the tie at Spotland.  

The tie ended in a dramatic penalty shoot-out when the game ended in a 2-2 draw.   “We are always disappointed to lose any game of football but any penalty shoot-out is like tossing a coin. We came back from being two goals down and played some very good football. Overall, I’m pleased with our work this evening.”   Town came back to end all square after 90 minutes thanks to two goals from Jamie McGuire.  The recalled midfielder was given the captains armband and rallied the Cod Army, particularly during the second half comeback. Fleetwood were two-nil down inside the hour but the Town boss said the score line didn’t reflect the balance of play.   “It was a decent game of football. I’m delighted with the way we brought the game back to 2-2 after trailing. “We played some good football in the first half but, when we reached the final third, we didn’t take the time or composure to create goals. There was a great deal to be pleased about in the final performance.  A lot of people took the opportunity and came away from the game with a lot of credit.” Two players who have patiently waited their call have been Jamie Milligan and Alex Titchiner who appeared as second half substitutes. “Millie did well and we know just what he is capable of doing. I think little Titchiner came on and showed us the desire you need to have in any game of football in order to make an impact. He certainly did that and showed more desire in the 20 minutes or so he was on than some of the other players did all evening.“ Rochdale came back at Fleetwood following the equaliser but the Town defence stood firm. “Both teams tried to win by playing the right way. I’m disappointed to go out of the competition after a penalty shoot-out. They are a lottery and it just wasn’t our turn this evening.” Mellon acknowledged the travelling Cod Army before the shoot-out and paid tribute to the growing away support.    “We always appreciate our supporters pay good money to support us after work on a Tuesday. I thought they were fantastic all evening. I’m just disappointed we haven’t progressed through the tie for them because that was our aim this evening.” Supporters are reminded club coach travel to Morecambe this Saturday is available by visiting the club shop or call 01253 775080 #1. The cost is £10 and departure at 11.30 from the Parkside car park.

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