Boss speaks to the media after win over Yeovil TownGraham Alexander praised his team’s effort and hard work as they picked up their first away win in seven games at Huish Park this afternoon.
The manager reserved special praise for youngster Tyler Forbes though, who made his professional debut for the Club only four days after losing his Mother.
Alexander handed Martin Paterson his first start in Fleetwood colours having joined on-loan from Huddersfield Town on Thursday afternoon.
Jeff Hughes’ late header sealed all three points for Fleetwood in a tight game in Somerset, which maintained the Cod Army’s good start to the season.
After the game, the manager said: “We had to work hard for it but I thought the lads’ attitude today was superb. We competed for every ball on the pitch which gave us a base to go on and win it.
“It was great to score near the end and really pleasing to get the victory.
“Yeovil gave it a right good go and produced chances as well. It was a tough game.
“I thought we could have had a little bit more quality when we got into good positions going forward.
“I’m pleased with how every single one of our players competed for every ball, and we have to have that as a basement every single week.
“Pato was given the opportunity to play as a centre forward today and he did that well. He’s a fantastic competitor and leads the line well.”
And Forbes, who joined Town from Preston North End in the summer, was handed his first start at right back.
Alexander added: “Tyler’s had an unbelievably tough week. His Mother passed away on Tuesday and we had it in our minds whether we’d play him today, but he didn’t want to take a day off and he trained every day because he wanted to make his Mother proud.
“His Dad travelled down today to see him make his debut, and I can’t speak highly enough of that because it takes massive heart to come in and make your league debut.”