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Parkin praises skipper for goal

12 February 2014

Striker pleased with Cod Army's second half response at Wycombe

Jon Parkin was pleased his goal secured a point for Fleetwood Town at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.

The striker scored his fourth of 2014, and eighth of the season, to haul the Cod Army level at Adams Park after Stuart Lewis had fired the Chairboys ahead before half-time.

Parkin, 32, also reserved praise for defender Mark Roberts’ role in the goal which came less than 15 minutes before time.

“To be fair to Mark Roberts, he has done really well and got a little flick before I’ve managed to volley it in the back of the net,” said Parkin.

“It was a tough game because Wycombe are fighting for their lives. We went 1-0 down at half-time but the lads have done well to get back into the game.

“It’s one of those games where, from an outsiders point of view, you think we’ve got a good chance of getting three points, but football doesn’t work like that.”

Until recently, Parkin had been waiting patiently to break into Graham Alexander’s starting line-up.

The striker’s position had been occupied by fellow forward Jamille Matt before the former Kidderminster Harriers man suffered an ankle injury. 

However, Parkin was happy to see his colleague make a return from the sidelines at Wycombe on Tuesday.

“Matt’s done really well, to be fair, after having a bit of time out,” said Parkin. “He was flying before the injury and he did really well when he came on at Wycombe.

“The gaffer’s got a good quality squad with players who can come in and yet it doesn’t weaken the team, so it’s a nice position to be in.”

And looking forward to a clash with another side at the bottom end of Sky Bet League 2, Northampton Town on Saturday, Parkin is taking nothing for granted once again.

“It’s not going to be an easy game against Northampton because they’re down there fighting for their lives as well,” he said. 

“It’s at that stage of the season now where everybody’s playing for something, so you’re never going to get an easy game.”

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