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Goodall: We have to quickly move on

1 February 2014

Alan Goodall insists Fleetwood have got to ‘move on’ as quick as possible after the Cod Army narrowly slipped to defeat at home to York City.

On a blustery afternoon at Highbury Stadium, York City striker, Wes Fletcher, scored an injury time winner to halt Fleetwood’s five-match unbeaten run as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

Substitute, Mikael Mandron, scored his first goal for Town since joining on loan from Sunderland to level the game with 20 minutes remaining after Conor McLaughlin’s own goal in first half injury time had given the Ministermen the lead.

Fleetwood, though despite hitting the bar, could not find the important second before Fletcher hit a last-gasp winner.

Speaking to the club’s official website in the aftermath of the game, Goodall, who was named Man of the Match, admitted that a huge sense of disappointment filled the Fleetwood dressing room after they failed to see out either half.

Goodall said: “We were disappointed with both goals. The first one has come late in the first and the second late in the game.

“The manner in which we conceded we’re not happy about because other than that I don’t think they had any other chances so we are very disappointed.

“It was pretty windy out there, in the first half, there were times that we couldn’t get out of our half because of the wind.

“You have to be able to be patient, stay strong, but unfortunately they scored before the end of the half and that was disappointing.

“We had to stay strong ourselves and not concede that second goal, but I thought going forward, we were not as clinical as we have been last couple of games. 

“We have had some tough games over the past and we have come through well and today, we needed to get a result today really, which was disappointing that we didn’t.

“The boys were prepared for it, it was just one of them tough games where we have come through two big two teams, who are in the top half of the table, and it’s about concentration. 

“We have faced a team lower down and we needed to stick at it and try and get a result, but it didn’t happen today.”

Fleetwood return to action on Tuesday evening when they welcome Sky Bet League 2 league leaders Chesterfield back to Highbury for the first-leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final.

Looking ahead to that game, the 32-year-old said it is important for Fleetwood to move on as quick as possible and said it will benefit the players having the next game so soon to give them a chance to get back to winning ways.

Goodall added: “We have got to move on and for the next game to be as quick as Tuesday night I think is good for everyone, to get back on the pitch and hopefully get a result and push on.”


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