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in the first 15-20 min­utes but af­ter I thought we were tremen­dous.

“We talk about per­for­mance lev­els, so when we get the per­for­mance and miss out on the win you can’t re­ally com­plain.

“I’m not sure there’s much more the lads could have done.”

Ryan’s long-range free­kick gave Fleet­wood the per­fect start on three min­utes – al­beit for­tu­nately, af­ter a gust of wind caused backpedalling keeper Ben Wil­liams to fum­ble into his own net.

Brad­ford were level when Cole led a fast-paced coun­ter­at­tack on 20 min­utes though, the pacey striker re­leas­ing Josh Mor­ris on the left who pulled back for Han­son to tap in from close-range.

Cole then had two great chances of his own, head­ing wide from Stephen Darby’s cross with the goal gap­ing on 56 min­utes be­fore hit­ting the post af­ter a clever turn in the area ten min­utes later.

Evans’ 94th-minute free­kick looked to have won it for Brad­ford, but af­ter the off­side flag cur­tailed the visi­tors’ cel­e­bra­tions, Fleet­wood boss Graham Alexan­der thought it was a fair re­sult.

“It’s a good point,” he said. “It was a good old-fash­ioned English league game. Both teams com­peted re­ally hard and a draw is prob­a­bly a fair re­sult.

“The play­ers know they’ve been in a game but so do Brad­ford. That’s what it takes, that’s how hard a point is to earn. You have to come off with bumps and bruises.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent game from what we’ve played re­cently. It’s one we stood up to.

“Some­times you can feel sorry for your­self af­ter con­ced­ing like we did, from a counter-at­tack, but they kept it up for another hour. I'm proud of them.”


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