Centre back helps Fleetwood keep a clean sheet in SomersetCaptain Mark Roberts was impressed with the discipline shown by his teammates in their victory over Yeovil Town on Saturday afternoon.
Jeff Hughes scored the game’s only goal late on as the Cod Army picked up their first three points on the road since beating Scunthorpe United in August.
Roberts was named in the starting 11 for the first time since the game against Colchester United at the start of October, and put in an assured performance and was arguably a contender for the Man of the Match award.
He said: “I thought it was a very disciplined performance from the lads and they all put their bodies on the line. When you put that amount of effort into a game then you deserve what you get out of it.
“They started off at a fast tempo with the crowd behind them but we dealt with that. Maxy made some good saves and we defended well as a team.
“In the second half I thought we grew into the game and controlled it. There didn’t really look like there was going to be a winner until Jeff scored from the set-piece, and that’s a positive for us.”
Victory in Somerset was even sweeter for the Roberts and his players, as they put an end to their run of seven straight away defeats.
“Every game we go into we want to win, and in some games this season we’ve definitely been unfortunate with being on the wrong end of decisions.
“You try not to look at referees and moments in games which have cost us in previous weeks, because we’ve got to look at ourselves.
“The gaffer’s been telling us to carry out his instructions, and we’ve done that by showing a bit more intent and a bit more aggression in the way we played.”
Roberts was also impressed with youngster Tyler Forbes, who made his professional debut at Huish Park, slotting in at right back.
“Tyler and I played together in midweek in a behind closed doors fixture against Blackburn, and he’s a player who’s adjusted to that right-back role brilliantly.
“He’s a top, top lad and works his socks off every day. He’s waited for his chance and he’s grabbed it with both hands. I’m sure he’ll go from strength to strength.”