The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Phillips To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­

FLEET­WOOD Town boss Gra­ham Alexan­der re­fused to be­moan an op­por­tu­nity lost as they kept their au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes – al­beit fad­ing – alive with a draw against Southend.

Shrimpers’ striker Barry Corr can­celled out Steven Schu­macher’s opener for the hosts to se­cure their place in the end of the sea­son play-offs.

Fleet­wood are guar­an­teed to at the very least join them but boss Alexan­der still hopes to be able to se­cure a top-three fin­ish.

“It’s a huge game for us next week at Ch­ester­field and depend­ing on how their game against Bur­ton goes on Sun­day it’s go­ing to be very im­por­tant,” said Alexan­der.

“I would ob­vi­ously have loved for us to go in to that game on the back of three points and if we had been able to keep it at 1-0 at half­time we would’ve done that.

“Say­ing that, we bossed the sec­ond half and I couldn’t have asked for any­more from the lads.

“We were just lack­ing that cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third but full credit to Southend’s goal­keeper be­cause he had a very good day.

“All you can ask is that the play­ers get their ef­forts on tar­get but we couldn’t find a way past him and he was their man of the match which tells the story.”

Fleet­wood, who re­main fourth in the ta­ble two points be­hind third placed Ch­ester­field, went in front in the 37th minute with Schu­macher on tar­get.

The mid­fielder’s left wing free­kick evaded a whole host of bod­ies in the penalty area be­fore nestling in the right-hand side of the goal.

How­ever, Southend were back level just three min­utes later when Corr bagged his fourth goal in five games, head­ing home a rightwing cor­ner from Ben Coker.

At the start of the sec­ond half, Southend goal­keeper Daniel Bent­ley, who is ru­moured to be at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Cham­pi­onship club Leeds, made a string of fine saves.

The 20-year-old de­nied An­toni Sarce­vic, David Ball, Schu­macher and Matty Blair to keep the score level.

But, hav­ing sur­vived those scares, the Shrimpers were left fum­ing when ref­eree Chris Sar­gin­son failed to award a penalty af­ter Coker went to ground while un­der pres­sure from Liam Ho­gan.

And Southend’s as­sis­tant man- ager Dave Pen­ney did not agree with the de­ci­sion.

“Ben was through on goal so if he’s not been fouled why would he go down?,” said Pen­ney.

“The ref­eree was ten yards away but was look­ing back at the fourth of­fi­cial for ad­vice even though he was much fur­ther from it, so it seemed strange.

“We ob­vi­ously thought it was a penalty and I would imag­ine Fleet­wood prob­a­bly didn’t but we’ve got a point and we’re pleased to have scored from a set piece be­cause we don’t do that enough.

“It keeps the mo­men­tum go­ing for us but there’s still an­other league game to go be­fore we

can think of the play-offs.”

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