Winger returns to Cod Army first team against Pompey
Matty Blair described stepping back on to the Highbury pitch on Saturday afternoon as a ‘lovely feeling’, as the Cod Army comfortably saw off the challenge of Portsmouth.
Jon Parkin set the ball rolling in the 16th minute with a close range finish, before Antoni Sarcevic netted his second goal in as many games from the penalty spot ten minutes later.
The in-form Jamille Matt made it three soon after the interval, and despite Pompey substitute Jed Wallace pulling one back with a fine individual strike, Town held on for an important victory.
Blair, who made only his first appearance for the Fylde Coast outfit this year when he came on as an 84th minute substitute, spoke to the club’s official website after the game. “It’s the first time this year that I’ve played for Fleetwood, but it was lovely to be back involved.”
Having started the game impressively, Blair stated that Town could have been even further ahead at the break: “We deservedly went two-nil up, and played some really good stuff. We probably could have had another couple of goals, but I think any manager would take being two-nil up at home to Pompey at half time.”
Even after Ritchie Barker’s men pulled a goal back midway through the second half, Blair still felt that the Cod Army were in control of the game: “In the second half we played okay, but the wind did have a big part in it. We managed to get the third which was vitally important, before they pulled one back, but we saw it out comfortably in the end.”
Despite only seeing six minutes of action on Saturday, the 24 year old is now looking ahead to more playing time during the next few weeks: “Hopefully it’s just more of many minutes to come, but like always, I just get on with it, keep my head down and take it from there.”
Matty and the rest of the squad will be back in action at home next Tuesday evening as Bristol Rovers come to town. To purchase tickets for the game against the Gas please click here.