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League Two

Mellon pleased with battling point

7 November 2012

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon praised his side's efforts as they held back a second-half onslaught to earn a 1-1 draw with Rotherham.

Two goals in three first-half minutes decided a full-blooded encounter at Highbury as both sides came away with a share of the spoils. And Mellon was delighted with the spirit shown by his team.

He said: "It was one of those good old fashioned English league games under the floodlights.

"It was real blood and thunder stuff and really competitive and I think it's a long time since I've seen the ball go into the box as many times as that. But the boys stood up and let themselves be counted.

"It was two groups of lads who wanted to win for their teams. I'm pleased with the performance, I couldn't ask any more of them. Scott Davies has made some fantastic saves. But we know he's capable of that, he's a top goalkeeper.''

Kari Arnison opened the scoring for the visitors after 19 minutes, his low shot from the edge of the area following a weak punch by Fleetwood keeper Scott Davies. The lead would last less than two minutes, however, with Curtis Obeng crossing from the right to Jon Parkin at the back post and he put the home side back on level terms.

The home side struggled to contain Rotherham after the break but held on for a point. Afterwards, Millers boss Steve Evans insisted his side were still far from the finished article.

"We're still a work in progress,'' he said. "We're still trying to get right and if we're in or around the play-offs at the end of the season we will have achieved that.

"If we put in performances like that every week, we'll achieve that. It was disappointing the way we conceded. I've told the player that lad called space has never scored a goal, Jon Parkin on the other hand has scored plenty and he's been looking after the wrong one. I've told him it's a mistake and he accepts it.

"In our dressing room we point the finger. But we move on. Last year we pointed the finger and they didn't play again, this time we pick them again and that's the difference.'"

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