NOT SO GREAT SAYS ALEXAN­DER AF­TER SET­TLING FOR DERBY DRAW

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Josh Ni­cholls To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BOSS Gra­ham Alexan­der be­moaned Fleet­wood’s slop­pi­ness af­ter their derby-day draw against More­cambe.

Iain Hume’s late strike de­nied More­cambe their first win in six matches af­ter a header from skip­per Mark Hughes and an own goal from Nathan Pond had eclipsed An­toni Sarce­vic’s opener.

The re­sult also meant Fleet­wood lost ground on third placed Ch­ester­field in their pur­suit of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion and boss Alexan­der lamented a missed op­por­tu­nity.

He said: “I thought there was a lit­tle bit of slop­pi­ness around us, a lit­tle bit of lethar- gy. It was game that lulled us into a slow tempo,.

“We got the early goal which I thought might quicken up the tempo and force More- cambe to come out of their shape a bit.We gave them two goals but the play­ers re­sponded to that and de­servedly got an equaliser

but it was a game we should have won re­ally.”

The hosts took the lead in the tenth minute when Sarce­vic drilled in his 12th goal of the sea­son from a 25-yard in­di­rect free-kick af­ter Josh Mor­ris laid the ball off for him to strike.

But More­cambe drew level in the 21st minute when skip­per Hughes thumped in a header at the back post fol- low­ing an in-swing­ing de­liv­ery from James De­vitt.

More­cambe took the lead in the 72nd minute when De­vitt’s cross-come-shot from the left flicked in off the head of the un­for­tu­nate Pond.

Fleet­wood equalised in the 84th minute when sub­sti­tute Jon Parkin’s low shot from the right-hand side of the box was saved by Barry Roche but fell to Hume, who could hardly miss as he tapped in from five yards.

More­cambe nearly snatched it in the 90th minute as Rob­bie Thre­fall’s shot was cleared off the line by Char­lie Tay­lor and Jim Bent­ley con­ceded his play­ers were gut­ted not to claim vic­tory and felt Hume’s goal had more than a bit of luck about it.

“They got a lucky ric­o­chet to Hume but he is good player he knows where the back of the net is and it doesn’t mat­ter how you get it over, he’s scuffed it over the line,” said Bent­ley.

“I’m pleased with the lads, their at­ti­tude and the way we car­ried our game plan out, we looked a threat and quite strong through­out. There were loads of pos­i­tives to take out of it.

“Rob­bie (Thre­fall) got it past the keeper and it was some fan­tas­tic de­fend­ing to clear it off the line.

“The lads are a lit­tle bit flat in the dress­ing room be­cause we were 2-1 up in the last ten min­utes.”

STAR MAN JAMIE DE­VITT Moreca

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