NOT SO GREAT SAYS ALEXANDER AFTER SETTLING FOR DERBY DRAW
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.”
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