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Roberts: A fantastic honour

28 May 2014

Skipper will cherish moment after lifting trophy under Wembley arch

Mark Roberts claims captaining Fleetwood Town to an ‘indescribable’ promotion is a ‘fantastic honour’ after their 1-0 victory over Burton Albion secured their promotion to Sky Bet League 1.

The 30-year-old, who signed in the summer from Stevenage, played an integral part over the course of the season alongside Nathan Pond at the heart of a defence, which came out of the play-offs unbreached.
Antoni Sarcevic scored the only goal of a tight Sky Bet League 2 Play-off final in the second half and Roberts led his team up the Wembley stairs to lift the play-off trophy that secured the club’s sixth promotion in ten years.

Speaking to the club’s official website in the aftermath of the pitch and dressing room celebrations, Roberts said: “It feels incredible, it’s a wonderful feeling and you could see that in the scenes after the game. 

“It’s indescribable really because both on the pitch and the changing room, they are the moments you have to savour.

“A few of the players that maybe haven’t done it before they have realised that winning in the play-offs, it might be an extra three weeks of training, it might be postponing your holidays, but it’s worth it when you run out at Wembley and climb those steps as a winner.”

“Just to be part of that is an honour. To captain the winning side at Wembley is a fantastic honour and a very proud moment for me on a personal level.

“When I joined this club in the summer I was surrounded by players that thought exactly the same as I did. 

“They was all about winning, they were all about going to achieve the next goal and going to win the next medal. 

“We’re lucky that all that hard has work has paid off and we have got that medal hanging round our neck now. 

“It’s up to us now to enjoy the moment, we have got to dust ourselves down, re-energise ourselves over the summer – it’s going to be a short one – but we will come back and we look forward to giving League 1 a good crack.”

After controlling considerable periods of the first half, Fleetwood had to weather the Burton storm before Sarcevic curled in a long-range free kick, which even his acknowledges, he did not mean 20 minutes from time.

Roberts admits there was disappointment at half time that they had not returned with a couple of goals to their name, but believed Town displayed just how resolute they have become over the course of the season.

“We always know games aren’t won in the first five minutes, but you can really set your stall out and we did that. 

“We were disappointed not to come in at half-time one, two or even three nil up, but we didn’t let that disappointment affect us. 

“We kept plucking away, we showed how resolute we have come as a team in the defensive sense and we got that all important goal.

“They were growing into the game and we always knew they were going to be dangerous. 

“The two front men are both lively and proved more than a match for most teams this season. 

“We knew their strengths, we knew we had to keep them quiet and I think the back four and the rest of the team did that really well. 

“The goal did come at the right moment and we just saw the game out to make sure we are playing in League 1 next year.”

The football club will be holding their promotion party this coming Saturday at Highbury. For further details please click here 

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