Cod Army fire late bullets to grab point
FLEETWOOD staged a dramatic late comeback to snatch a point against Bradford City – and boss Graham Alexander insisted it was no more than they deserved.
The visitors trailed 2-0 with five minutes left on the clock, but late strikes from Jamie Proctor and Nathan Pond grabbed the Cod Army a share of the spoils.
“We deserved a point; being 2-0 down wasn’t in the plan and we were naturally disappointed with the way we conceded the goals,” said Alexander.
“The 2-0 scoreline flattered Bradford a little bit, but to come back from that scoreline shows fantastic resilience from the players, and it was no less than we deserved.
“I really thought we deserved it; we needed the first goal to give ourselves half a chance, and you could see the belief in our team rise, and the nerves hit amongst Bradford’s players and the crowd, which is what you have to do at a place like this.”
The Bantams were cruising until the late rally from Fleetwood. They led at the break after striker Jon Stead prodded home from close range to open the scoring in the 11th minute.
The lead was doubled six minutes after the restart, when French midfielder Chris Routis tapped in following great work from striker James Hanson.
City looked comfortable and on course to pick up a vital three points in the race for the play-offs, until Fleetwood staged an incredible comeback.
The first goal came when striker Proctor headed home to halve the deficit.With Bradford sitting deep, Fleetwood struck in injury time to grab a draw.
Defender Pond smashed past Ben Williams to snatch a priceless point on the road, leaving Bradford shell-shocked.
The Bantams have now failed to win in three matches, and boss Phil Parkinson insisted after the game he will not let their impressive season fade out with a whimper.
Parkinson said:“We need more steely determination. We were the dominant team and we’ve somehow ended up with a point, and that’s not good enough.We need more resolve about us than we showed.
“I thought all our substitutes were, in truth, poor when they came on. We’ve looked at how we can improve and contribution from the bench is a key area.
“We’ve had a lot of plaudits this season and,with ten games to go, reputations can be made or broken as footballers.
“Players can do superbly all season and then peter out in the last few games – and I am not prepared to let that happen.”
STAR MAN BILLY CLARK