Hard work pays off at last for Cod Army

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Colin Hen­rys

FLEET­WOOD’S first win in five is proof hard work pays off, ac­cord­ing to boss Steven Press­ley, as the Cod Army bounced back to win­ning ways against Bury.

Ash­ley Hunter and Bobby Grant net­ted sec­ond-half goals to lift Fleet­wood back out of the bot­tom four at High­bury.

And Press­ley in­sisted it was a richly-de­served suc­cess, hail­ing his play­ers’ be­lief in the pass­ing foot­ball he has en­cour­aged since tak­ing over.

“It’s a hugely wel­come and a very much de­served three points,” he said.

“I’ve been say­ing for some time the play­ers couldn’t be work­ing harder but we need to turn per­for­mances into wins.

“We showed a great men­tal­ity, a great re­silience and most im­por­tantly we won the game.

“I said at half-time we can­not con­tinue to play in the man­ner that we are and work as hard as we’re do­ing and end up with noth­ing. I thought we showed a great men­tal­ity in the sec­ond half.

“We’re try­ing to play slightly dif­fer­ently but I think the play­ers showed a lot of be­lief, a lot of courage and I’m really proud of them.”

Fleet­wood en­joyed plenty of early chances, with the best fall­ing to Dion­atan Teix­eira on ten min­utes as Jimmy Ryan’s free-kick dropped per­fectly for him in the area, but Nathan Cameron blocked the ef­fort.

Nathan Pond went even closer on 20 min­utes, af­ter Daniel Bach­mann dealt poorly with Ryan’s in­swing­ing cor­ner, but his loop­ing header clipped the top of the bar.

Grant then headed wide from Amari’i Bell’s pre­cise cross in first-half stop­page time as the hosts pushed hard for an opener.The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken four min­utes into the sec­ond half, when Hunter sprung the off­side trap to race onto An­toni Sarce­vic’s ball and slot in.

Fleet­wood then sealed vic­tory on 76 min­utes, with Sarce­vic again the provider, as Grant got the faintest touch to turn his me­nac­ing cross in.

And Bury boss David Fl­itcroft ad­mit­ted his side – who have now lost their last seven away league games – need a shot of con­fi­dence to get back to win­ning ways.

“At nil-nil it looked like we were grow­ing into the game,” he said.“We had a lit­tle bit of as­cen­dency but the goal drained the con­fi­dence.

“Some of the blocks, es­pe­cially in the first half, were im­mac­u­late but it doesn’t mat­ter that we’ve put bod­ies on the line now be­cause we’ve not pro­tected the clean sheet.

“You could see that ‘here we go again’ mo­ment and that’s some­thing that does con­cern me. Whether it’s dif­fer­ent per­son­nel or work on the train­ing ground, we’ll find the an­swers.”

STAR MAN AN­TONI SARCE­VIC

Fleet­wood

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