Alexan­dra rage at penalty call

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man

FU­RI­OUS Fleet­wood boss Gra­ham Alexan­der laid into of­fi­cials he says have it in for the club after Jonathan Forte’s penalty pinched all three points for Old­ham.

Lee John­son de­scribed his Lat­ics’ dis­play as one of the best dur­ing his time at the helm – but Alexan­der slammed of­fi­cials he ac­cused of cost­ing Fleet­wood the game as he leapt to the de­fence of his ‘dirty’ side.

Ref­eree Mark Brown pointed to the spot after Danny Philliskirk went to ground un­der chal­lenge from Steven Schu­macher.

Alexan­der raged about the decision after Forte stepped up to in­flict a first de­feat of the sea­son on the Cod Army in the in­au­gu­ral com­pet­i­tive fix­ture be­tween the teams.

“Of­fi­cials are in for us,” Alexan­der said. “With­out a doubt.

“We aren’t a dirty team by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion but they won free-kick after free-kick.

“The penalty was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams but he didn’t touch him at all.

“It wasn’t a penalty but that is what has cost us. Old­ham are a good side but they have been given a mas­sive help­ing hand.

“Our play­ers be­came ner­vous about go­ing near theirs. If you don’t kill teams off when you get chances then you are li­able to get a smack in the nose like what hap­pened here.

“There’s al­ways things we can im­prove but we were cost the game by a bad decision. “We were put on the back foot by out­side in­ter­fer­ence. It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing.”

Forte went a whisker wide of giv­ing the Lat­ics an 11thminute lead when he con­trolled Mike Jones’ cross be­fore slid­ing a shot past the post.

Old­ham’s Danny Philliskirk pounced on Stephen Jor­dan’s loose pass only to fire wide with other op­tions avail­able as he surged for­ward.

Fleet­wood striker Jamie Proc­tor saw his shot saved by the legs of Paul Rachubka on 38 min­utes. And Poleon shaved the wood­work while Rachubka saved fromSchu­macher be­fore Ath­letic took the lead on the stroke of half­time.

Forte lash­ing home the penalty after Schu­macher was ruled to have brought Poleon down. Mike Jones’ 54th minute free-kick saw Nathan Pond strike his own cross­bar as he at­tempted to clear.

Poleon almost dou­bled Old­ham’s ad­van­tage after be­ing put through by Philliskirk only for Chris Maxwell to stand firm.

Lat­ics sub­sti­tute Amari Mor­gan-Smith almost killed the game off on 88 min­utes be­fore Pond nicked the ball from his feet as Old­ham wound the re­main­ing time down.

And Lat­ics boss John­son said:“It was one of the best per­for­mances I’ve seen from us since I’ve been at the club.

“I am de­lighted with the spirit. It was a great win in a re­ally tough game.We had the chances to put it to bed but although we didn’t quite do it I am gen­er­ally pleased.

“Cer­tain mem­bers through­out the core of our team were ex­cel­lent. I’ll take another clean sheet and we are re­strict­ing teams to a lot less chances.

“We have to kick on from this now and get this place pump­ing. Hope­fully this will give us some mo­men­tum and get more of a buzz about the place.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers to gal­vanise the crowd again be­cause that is what is needed.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

PAY THE PENALTY: Jonathan Forte scores with his spot-kick

(L) slides in TACKLE: Do­minic Poleon

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