Press­ley’s not happy as Tykes fight back

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Si­mon Smed­ley

MOST man­agers would have de­clared them­selves happy with an away draw in the first leg of a John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy North­ern Fi­nal, but Fleet­wood boss Steven Press­ley wasn’t.

The Cod Army will now be slight favourites to progress to the Wem­b­ley fi­nal af­ter se­cur­ing a 1-1 draw in York­shire ahead of the Fe­bru­ary 2 re­verse fix­ture, but Press­ley felt his side should now have the ad­van­tage.

He said:“I sup­pose most peo­ple would be sat­is­fied with a draw in an away first leg, but I feel we should have won here.We scored first and ought to have held on re­ally.We then missed some great chances af­ter Barns­ley equalised.”

Press­ley did en­joy the oc­ca­sion, though, as more than 11,000 packed into Oak­well with the prospect of a dream trip to Wem­b­ley so tan­ta­lis­ingly close.

He added:“For­get the FA Cup, the JPT Fi­nal was the game to see.

“It was a pul­sat­ing game and a great at­mos­phere, and both teams showed they were fully com­mit­ted to their re­spec­tive causes.

“It was a great ad­vert for the com­pe­ti­tion and I sup­pose the fi­nal score­line sets the tie up per­fectly ahead of the se­cond leg now.

“There’s a huge prize at the end of it, but it’s still any­body’s game.”

Fleet­wood went clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock, most no­tably in the 38th minute when An­toni Sarce­vic stormed clear, only to fire wide.

At the other end, Ryan Wil­liams ought to have done bet­ter when he side-footed straight at Fleet­wood keeper Chris Maxwell. Fleet­wood took the lead on the hour mark, with Ash­ley Hunter’s low cross some­how even­tu­ally squirm­ing un­der a com­bi­na­tion of keeper Adam Davies and de­fender Kevin Long.

How­ever, the Tykes roared back with 16 min­utes left when young Manch­ester United loa­nee Ash­ley Fletcher - who only came off the bench to make his de­but six min­utes ear­lier - headed home Adam Ham­mill's cross. Tykes boss Lee John­son was con­tent with the out­come as his side bat­tled back to level mat­ters.

He said:“I’m fine with that re­sult. I think we played some good stuff and it’s an okay re­sult for us as far as I'm con­cerned. I don’t think we did enough in the first half in terms of get­ting be­hind the Fleet­wood de­fence, but we made a few tac­ti­cal changes at half-time and it was much bet­ter in the se­cond half.

“I was de­lighted for young Ash­ley to score on his de­but. It was a great header fol­low­ing some ex­cel­lent move­ment.”

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