Alexan­der fumes as Cod Army are sunk

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

GRAHAM Alexan­der was left fum­ing af­ter his side were de­nied a stop­page­time penalty in their nar­row de­feat at Old­ham.

Danny Philliskirk’s low fin­ish af­ter 37 min­utes earned a first three points of the sea­son for the home side at Bound­ary Park.

But the visi­tors failed to con­vert a host of chances of their own, leav­ing Alexan­der be­moan­ing the lack of a killer touch.

He was also un­happy with ref­eree Chris Sar­gin­son’s re­fusal to point to the spot af­ter Old­ham right-back Con­nor Brown ap­peared to trip David Ball.

“It was a def­i­nite penalty,” said Alexan­der, whose side are still await­ing their first win of the sea­son.

“Dave Ball got in front of his man, the lad has tried to clear the ball and he took the back of Bally’s legs.

“I feel like I am bang­ing my head against a brick wall, as the same thing hap­pened to us here last sea­son and also on nu­mer­ous other oc­ca­sions.

“It is par for the course for us.We had one penalty all last sea­son, the low­est in League One, and it doesn’t look like it is go­ing to change.”

An­toni Sarce­vic and Stephen Jor­dan both went close for the visi­tors, who started the game on the front foot, be­fore Rhys Turner flicked into Philliskirk’s path straight from a goal kick to open the scor­ing.

“The goal we con­ceded was ex­tremely poor,” Alexan­der added.

“It was a straight kick from the goal­keeper, the cen­tre-for­ward flicks it on to the other one and it is in. It was that sim­ple and that poor.”

Fleet­wood’s Bobby Grant failed to con­nect prop­erly with a sec­ond­half volley and team-mate Danny An­drew saw his header well saved by Old­ham goal­keeper Joel Coleman. While at the other end Lee Croft was waste­ful from close range.

Old­ham boss Dar­ren Kelly was left a re­lieved man as his side some­how kept a clean sheet, push­ing the club into the play-off places in the early stand­ings.

“It wasn’t the best per­for­mance, if I am be­ing hon­est, but I will take a win like that ev­ery day of the week,” Kelly said.

“We kept a clean sheet and the play­ers bat­tled hard from start to fin­ish. I sup­pose we got that lit­tle bit of luck.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the 1-0 win.We have to de­fend well and keep clean sheets if we want to do well in the league.

“Credit to the play­ers, they bat­tled through and did ev­ery­thing that was asked of them.

“Danny Philliskirk has a bit of ev­ery­thing and he has been su­perb in train­ing and su­perb in games.

“He of­fers the at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive side, so it’s a big plus for the team and he got his re­wards for his hard work and energy.”

STAR MAN LEE CROFT Old­ham

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