Cod Army left with pride but no points

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Josh Gil­bert

FLEET­WOOD Town care­taker man­ager Chris Luck­etti be­lieves his side showed re­silience af­ter a try­ing week de­spite fall­ing to de­feat.

In a game that lacked much real qual­ity, Paddy Mad­den pounced on his only chance to move Scun­thorpe out, and Fleet­wood into, the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

But given that man­ager Graham Alexan­der had been sacked just three days be­fore, stand-in boss Luck­etti was left de­lighted with the work rate of his team.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult week,” said Luck­etti. “It was dis­ap­point­ing not to get a re­sult.The lads gave ev­ery­thing they could.

“Scun­thorpe have had one shot on tar­get and they’ve scored.To come away from here hav­ing lim­ited them to that one shot is great.

“The strik­ers are usu­ally the dif­fer­ence, and our strik­ers didn’t come up trumps.

“But we knew that one thing we had to sort was the de­fence, and we’ve done that, so that’s re­ally pleas­ing.

“The lads were clearly lack­ing con­fi­dence from the lack of re­sults, and it af­fected some in­di­vid­u­als, but I can’t fault the ef­fort out there.

“The feel­ing I got be­fore the game was re­ally pos­i­tive and no­body looked like they were sulk­ing. They got on with the job and did their best.”

Only a point sep­a­rated the sides at kick off, and they pro­duced a dire first half, as the Irons had most of the ball, but failed to cre­ate any­thing mean­ing­ful.

But mid­way through the sec­ond half, Scun­thorpe’s Joe Lol­ley, on loan from Hud­der­s­field Town, fed top-scorer Mad­den on the right hand side of the six yard box, who swept the ball home for his sixth goal of the cam­paign in the league.

A flat Fleet­wood of­fered al­most noth­ing af­ter go­ing be­hind but sub­sti­tute Jamille Matt, spurned Town’s best chance, a flash header in stop­page time.

And Scun­thorpe as­sis­tant man­ager Ned Kelly was more than happy to walk away with three points – rather than worry how they came about.

“It was re­ally im­por­tant be­cause we had gone a few games with­out a vic­tory,” said Kelly.

“It wasn’t the great­est game but it was re­ally im­por­tant to get three points and we’re up and run­ning again.

“It wasn’t a great spec­ta­cle but three points is huge, be­cause we’ve not had three points for a while, so we’re re­ally pleased to get the vic­tory.

“Paddy Mad­den scored a won­der­ful goal. There was great move­ment from our for­ward line, that’s some­thing we’ve been look­ing for.

“I’m re­ally pleased for him be­cause he al­ways needs to score and we know he gets frus­trated with him­self when he doesn’t. But all strik­ers go through spells, good ones and bad ones.”



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