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Mangan sub strike

22 April 2013

t seems as if Fleetwood Town’s Andy Mangan may be finding his form and fitness once again after a creative display against Chesterfield on Saturday which resulted in a well-deserved goal.

By Manvir Rai

It seems as if Fleetwood Town’s Andy Mangan may be finding his form and fitness once again after a creative display against Chesterfield on Saturday which resulted in a well-deserved goal.

Despite the 3-1 defeat by Chesterfield, Mangan’s substitution appearance was arguably the brightest aspect from a disappointing result. The striker analysed his own performance from Saturday and he also talked about next season’s aspirations with the Cod Army as Manvir Rai reports. “There were a good couple of performances irrespective of the result but obviously on a personal level, I was happy with the goal but I probably should have done better with the other chances that I had. I had a few chances from distances and the fans will tell you, I can shoot from distance. So overall, I am disappointed I didn’t score more but I am happy with the finish.” Mangan took time to describe his composed finish. “You just wait for the goalkeeper to do something, the main thing is not to rush and just take your time. I just slotted the ball in between his legs and it was great to score. For the first 40 minutes, I really believed we played some good stuff. I was sat with a couple of the lads on the bench and we said how well we are playing. But then we switched off and we conceded two straight away just before the break and it was really disappointing.” Fleetwood Town started the game brightly and found themselves hard done by at the end of the first half – trailing 2-0. “The lads were devastated at half-time, as was the gaffer because we were playing so well. I honestly believe that was the best we’ve played in a long time but the goals killed us just before half-time.” Andy Mangan believes his best form is yet to come and is biding his time to ensure he is fully fit for the new season. “As long as I can keep contributing and as long as I keep working hard in training, I’ll be happy. You won’t see the Andy Mangan, from the beginning of this season right away, but I’ll come back pre-season and work my hardest and then you’ll see the best of me once again.” Town’s last game of the season comes against relegation strugglers Wimbledon and Mangan admitted he would relish the chance to start the game but stated he would equally be as happy to come off the bench. “I’d love to start the game but obviously the decision is with the gaffer. I would be happy to be used as a substitute as well because if I’m being honest, I may not be 100% ready yet. The manager knows best. I’ll just work hard in training all week and we’ll just go from there.” Mangan added: “I would just like to thank the fans because I got a great reception when I came on and it was nice to reward them with a goal.” The 26-year-old has been out since last September when he suffered a serious knee injury at Bristol Rovers.

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