Alex is on spot to frus­trate the Robins

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Claire Gould

FLEET­WOOD man­ager Uwe Rosler com­mended the per­for­mance of goal­keeper Alex Cairns as his penalty save se­cured a point against Swin­don.

An early Luke Nor­ris goal was can­celled out by David Ball’s first-half strike be­fore the cru­cial penalty save in the sec­ond half.

Rosler said: “It was a con­fi­dence booster for Alex (Cairns) and a match-win­ning per­for­mance from him.

“I call him our out­field player with gloves be­cause he’s com­fort­able with the ball at his feet but it’s good for us when he makes im­por­tant saves.

“It was a good point for us af­ter Tues­day – they didn’t play, while we trav­elled and we’ve had a lot of games so far in this sea­son.

“We should have had a penalty our­selves be­cause if the ref­eree gives the one he gave against Nathan Pond, then he has to give the one for the foul on De­vante Cole.”

Swin­don took the lead in the 12th minute, Dar­nell Fur­long whip­ping in a right wing cross that was headed into the net by Nor­ris.

Fleet­wood lev­elled ten min­utes later with an im­pres­sive, flow­ing one-touch move in­volv­ing Conor McLaugh­lin’s quick ball out to Ash­ley Hunter on the right wing, with the for­mer Ilke­ston man send­ing a low cross into the box which was met with a first-time fin­ish by Ball.

The Robins’ big chance for a win­ner came five min­utes into the sec­ond half when the im­pres­sive Jer­maine Hylton was brought down in the box by Pond.

Michael Doughty had time to think be­fore see­ing his penalty saved low to the right by Cairns.

Fleet­wood had a penalty ap­peal of their own when Cole went down in the area, and Bobby Grant saw his de­flected ef­fort rat­tle the bar with 15 min­utes to go.

Swin­don Town head coach Luke Wil­liams was also pleased with a point.

Wil­liams said: “I think we should take con­fi­dence from the per­for­mance be­cause we did enough to win the game.

“Hope­fully Luke’s goal will be the start of a few more to come.

“He took it very well, like a proper No.9, send­ing the ball back across the goal and giv­ing the goal­keeper no chance.

“It was frus­trat­ing to give a goal away so soon af­ter scor­ing be­cause we had been play­ing well up to that point.

“There’s def­i­nitely a chance that Michael may pos­si­bly have over­thought the penalty.

“He maybe saw the goal­keeper move and might have changed his mind on where he was go­ing to place it.”


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