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9 March 2014

Alexander pleased with the manner of Fleetwood's victory at Torquay

Manager Graham Alexander was glad to see Fleetwood Town ‘grind out’ a 1-0 win at Torquay United.

The Cod Army grabbed all three points at Plainmoor thanks to a second-half goal from striker Jamille Matt, who latched on to Jon Parkin’s through ball before slotting past Martin Rice.

And Alexander was pleased with his side’s resilient defending in seeing out the match to earn their third consecutive clean sheet.

“I’m really happy for the team and the players for grinding out a 1-0 win,” he said.

“We could have scored a couple more in the second half. We’ve hit the post and their keeper had to make a very good save.

“But we had to defend a lot of pressure in the last 10-15 minutes when the ball was coming into our box and, when it was there to be won, we won it.

“We had to win to make sure we stayed in touch with the teams at the top and that’s what we did.

“There were a lot of performances out there that maybe weren’t pretty on the eye, but they were winning performances and doing the things you need to do to win.”

The Fleetwood boss praised the winning goal from Matt, who has recently returned from injury, stating the forward proved how much of a handful he can be in League Two.

“It was a great finish from Jamille and a good bit of skill from Parkin, who showed good vision to slip him in,” said Alexander.

“I thought that, in the second half, Jamille picked up his game and played really well. He showed what a threat he is in this division.”

Alexander also spoke highly of the superb support from the travelling Cod Army once again, who formed part of the overall 2,245 crowd.

He said: “The support for the team was fantastic again after travelling so far to Newport on Tuesday, and they’ve been rewarded with a good, professional performance.

“Fortunately for them, we’re just around the corner at Bury next, so they can get their full day’s work in and then come and watch us!”

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