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League Two

Mellon shocked by Fleetwood display

21 November 2012

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon insisted he should take full responsibility for his side's 3-1 derby defeat at the hands of Accrington.

Town found themselves two goals down within 17 minutes after a penalty from Jamie Beattie and then George Miller's close-range finish.

Rommy Boco put the visitors 3-0 up and although Jamie McGuire pulled one back for the Cod Army there was little sign of a miraculous recovery and Mellon was clear where the blame should lie.

He said: "I'm shocked. But I'm the manager and I've got to take responsibility because my players couldn't pass the football, as a manager it's my job to make them do that.

"Their movement was poor and, again, as the manager, I've got to train them to do that.

"Defensively we were all over the place. As a manager I'm supposed to coach them their defensive duties. But obviously I haven't done that tonight because they haven't done any of those things properly.

"We never showed enough craft or enough movement in the final third. People weren't linking in. But again that's my job to communicate that with them and I obviously haven't done that."

Delighted Accrington manager Leam Richardson said: "It was a thoroughly deserved win and it was a great performance

"There was never any doubt over who was going to take the penalty. It was always going to be James Beattie and he took it really well.

"He's been a big player for us, he brings quality and pedigree to the football club. He could easily have had three or four goals."

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