BOND MYS­TERY BAF­FLES JIMMY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Fear­gal Bren­nan

BUR­TON man­ager Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink was un­happy with referee Dar­ren Bond’s de­ci­sion not to send off Fleetwood’s An­toni Sarce­vic af­ter the Brew­ers were hit for four at Fleetwood.

Bond chose to yel­low card Sarce­vic for a ro­bust chal­lenge on John Mous­inho. How­ever, Has­sel­baink claimed the de­ci­sion was a sig­nif­i­cant er­ror.

He said: “If Sarce­vic goes with the el­bow, it is a red card, and if the referee thinks that is the case then why give a yel­low? I don’t un­der­stand.”

The in­ci­dent oc­curred with the game at 0-0 and Has­sel­baink stated that the lack of a dis­missal was “for me the turn­ing point in the game”.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, Fleetwood turned in a fine sec­ond half per­for­mance to win 4-0, with two goals from Bobby Grant and one apiece from Jamie Proc­tor and Ashley Hunter.

Fleetwood boss Steven Press­ley was prag­matic in his praise how­ever, de­spite the hand­some mar­gin of vic­tory.

“The most im­por­tant thing for us right now is win­ning games of foot­ball, in our predica­ment the only way we are go­ing to get con­fi­dence is by win­ning games,” he said.

“We can­not get ahead of our­selves, we have a big game in mid­week against Sh­effield United and the play­ers will be in on Sun­day pre­par­ing for that.”

Bur­ton started the game as the brighter of the two sides, with for­ward Stu­art Beavon turn­ing sharply and fir­ing just wide af­ter eight min­utes.

The home team strug­gled to make an at­tack­ing im­pact in the open­ing half hour, with cap­tain Jimmy Ryan’s snap­shot their clos­est ef­fort.

The vis­i­tors al­most took the lead in the 41st minute, as Matty Palmer crashed a 25-yard strike against the Fleetwood cross­bar.

The Brew­ers were made to pay for their profli­gacy, as Fleetwood counter-at­tacked in­stantly, and broke the dead­lock against the run of play. Grant es­caped down the right and fired an ex­cel­lent cross to the far post, and Proc­tor fin­ished clin­i­cally from close range.

Buoyed by their first-half lead, Fleetwood be­gan the sec­ond pe­riod in de­ter­mined fash­ion, with a no­tice­able in­crease in tempo.

Bur­ton strug­gled to cope with the rise in in­ten­sity but Fleetwood had to wait un­til the 57th minute to ex­tend their lead. Proc­tor turned provider this time, shield­ing the ball be­fore of­fload­ing to Grant, who curled home.

The home side were then happy to ab­sorb any Bur­ton pres­sure and strike swiftly on the counter at­tack, as Grant notched his sec­ond.

“Grant is a player that can pro­duce th­ese mo­ments of qual­ity. He can make the dif­fer­ence in games like this,”added Press­ley.

With the home fans in full voice, the Cod Army put the gloss on their sec­ond-half per­for­mance with a fourth goal with 11 min­utes re­main­ing.

Sub­sti­tutes Hunter and Jamille Matt com­bined and the former scram­bled the ball home from a yard out.

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