Cod Army left with pride but no points
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.”
STAR MAN JOE LOLLEY Scunth