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League Two

Mellon sees promise in Cod Army

24 October 2012

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon believes the 2-1 victory at Chesterfield is another sign of the progress his newly promoted team are making in npower League Two.

A late Chris Atkinson own goal settled an end-to-end contest after Tendayi Darikwa's volley had cancelled out Steven Gillespie's early strike.

It was the Cod Army's fourth away win of the season and Mellon said: "We have a lot of respect for Chesterfield and do not for one minute underestimate how big a three points this is for us.

"We knew it was going to be very difficult because we are in a fledgling season in this division and it's very early for us. But we are not getting carried away and if we keep believing and all buy into it, we will be fine and will do well.

"We know we are a project in the making but we are enjoying ourselves and are coming to some tough places and getting results. I thought we were fantastic in the first half and if we had gone in two or three up, it would have been deserved.

"We had five really good chances to make the score more comfortable but Chesterfield showed spirit to get back in it but we stayed organised and got a goal right at the very end."

Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright, whose side have now lost two home games on the bounce, said: "I thought they started a lot brighter than us, we stood off them too much but once we squeezed the play and put a bit more pressure on them we started to get at them.

"I thought the second half was even and we had a few instances where we just needed a touch from crosses.

"I thought a draw would have been a fair result but credit to them, that's why they are third in the league, they've nicked it at the end and they were just a wee bit better than us in both boxes.

"It was close and it comes down to fine margins but I thought the performance was good. I thought the players gave it 100 per cent and kept going but we can't seem to win at home and that's disappointing. But I thought the effort and the character of the players was good and if we had drawn I think that would have been a fair result."

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