Alexan­der frus­trated by Wor­rall late show

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Guy Clarke

GRAHAM Alexan­der tried to look for the pos­i­tives but ad­mit­ted his frus­tra­tions af­ter sub­sti­tute David Wor­rall’s late equal­is­ing chip de­nied Fleet­wood Town an open­ing-day vic­tory.

Fleet­wood new boy De­clan McManus couldn’t have wished for a bet­ter start to his ca­reer as he opened the scor­ing with a 25-yard block­buster with 33 min­utes played.

McManus al­most dou­bled his side’s lead in the sec­ond half but was de­nied by the cross­bar be­fore Wor­rall made Town pay with six min­utes re­main­ing.

Joe Pig­ott found him­self one-on-one with Chris Maxwell with the keeper com­ing out on top only for Wor­rall to cap­i­talise on the re­bound and chip in the equaliser from out­side the area - much to the dis­ap­point­ment of Alexan­der.

“I thought we played some good stuff, but I’m dis­ap­pointed we got the point be­cause we took the lead with a fan­tas­tic strike from Dec and we had other op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed we didn’t ex­tent our lead from 1-0 but we had to stick our tin hats on in the sec­ond half be­cause there were a lot of balls com­ing into our box.

“It was right af­ter half­time and would’ve killed any mo­men­tum Southend were try­ing to get.We still had other op­por­tu­ni­ties which we needed to take.

“Un­for­tu­nately we didn’t. There are pos­i­tives, it’s a good start but we want to win as many home games as pos­si­ble.”

Both sides looked threat­en­ing early on but it was Fleet­wood that set the pace.

Bobby Grant, start­ing his sec­ond spell with the Cod Army, tested David Bent­ley be­fore Will Atkin­son failed to seize on a weak Maxwell pass.

Just be­fore the halfhour mark McManus found his open­ing and took ad­van­tage to give his side the lead head­ing into the break.

The sec­ond-half saw Jamille Matt’s header saved be­fore McManus was de­nied his sec­ond af­ter his close-range ef­fort rat­tled the wood­work.

Phil Brown re­sponded and made his in­ten­tions clear as he sent on Noel Hunt, Wor­rall and Pig­ott and the changes paid div­i­dends.

Wor­rall’s 84th-minute ef­fort saved a point for Brown and he be­lieves it was a dis­play that un­der­lined their char­ac­ter.

“We came to get some­thing and the longer it goes on you start to think there’s some­thing there for you,” said Brown.

“They could’ve killed us off just af­ter half-time with a chance that hit the cross­bar.

“We kept on knock­ing at the door and it even­tu­ally opened. It was a qual­ity fin­ish.

“I thought, to be fair, we de­served to get some­thing from the game, we could’ve gone and won”

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