COD ARMY CAN’T FIND THE NET...

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

UWE ROSLER ad­mits ten­sion is creep­ing in af­ter in­jury-hit Fleet­wood were held to their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive goal­less draw, this time at Bury.

The Cod Army’s pro­mo­tion charge has stalled af­ter stale­mates against Wim­ble­don and Bury, though Fleet­wood did come clos­est at Gigg Lane when Kyle Dempsey hit the post.

But with sev­eral play­ers on the come­back trail, in­clud­ing cap­tain Nathan Pond, Rosler hopes Fleet­wood will find some mo­men­tum in the sea­son’s fi­nal games.

“It is a hu­man thing that, when you get so close at the end of the sea­son, peo­ple start to look at the ta­ble and that’s some­times not help­ful,” Rosler ad­mit­ted.

“It’s bet­ter to con­cen­trate on our own per­for­mance. It was not the best – they were dig­ging deep. In the first half, I don’t think ei­ther team wanted to make a mis­take.

“But what makes me op­ti­mistic is the play­ers com­ing back. What they’ll bring is a lot of en­ergy, and a lot of will­ing­ness to show them­selves, and that can work in our favour. Then we are a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion.”

Chances were scarce in the firsthalf as nei­ther team man­aged to build mo­men­tum, though Alex Cairns saved from James Vaughan on 36 min­utes when the striker pounced on Ash­ley Eastham’s stray pass.

Dempsey was inches away from firing Fleet­wood ahead with prac­ti­cally the last kick of the half, drilling a low left-footed shot across goal which bounced clear off the in­side of the post.

Vaughan had another big chance on 59 min­utes, get­ting be­hind the de­fence to meet Jer­maine Pen­nant’s free-kick, but he headed well over.

At the other end, Fleet­wood sub Ash­ley Hunter did well to fash­ion a shoot­ing chance on 82 min­utes, but his shot across goal did not trou­ble Joe Mur­phy.

Bury fin­ished strong­est, with Hal­lam Hope drag­ging wide af­ter Ja­cob Mel­lis’s clever re­verse pass in the 84th minute, and Cairns turned Greg Leigh’s shot wide three min­utes later.

And Bury boss Lee Clark ad­mit­ted the dis­ap­point­ment his play­ers felt at not get­ting the break­through speaks vol­umes of their re­newed am­bi­tion.

“The dress­ing room was re­ally quiet, so I’m re­ally happy about that – they ob­vi­ously have high stan­dards them­selves,” Clark said. “They weren’t com­ing look­ing for a point. “I am dis­ap­pointed – but don’t take away from the fact we’ve just gone toe-to-toe with a very good Fleet­wood team, more than held our own against them and prob­a­bly fin­ished strong­est. “But if you can’t win the game, you don’t lose it. “Four clean sheets on the bounce show we have mo­men­tum as a de­fen­sive unit.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

TUS­SLE: Bury’s Kean Bryan and Fleet­wood’s Bobby Grant bat­tle for the ball

EYES ON PRIZE: Joe Davis and Tom Pope

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