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Roberts excited by youngsters' potential

7 February 2015

Captain was full of praise for Haughton and Hunter

Captain Mark Roberts felt Town were unfortunate not to take all three points in this afternoon’s game against Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough.

Roberts grabbed Fleetwood’s equaliser after Joe Newell had given the visitors the lead, and the Cod Army could have even won the game when Jamie Proctor hit the bar late on.

Youngster Nick Haughton quite rightly grabbed the plaudits as he was named man of the match following a bright full home debut.

Speaking after his goal, Roberts was delighted to net in front of the Memorial Stand faithful, but felt that three points was there for the taking.

He said: “Conor has worked some magic out on the wing, got it back onto his left foot, and put it right in the danger zone for me to finish it off.

“We created enough chances to win it, and one day we’ll have a day when they all go in.”

He continued: “The way we finished the game by creating the better chances, I think you’ve got to say it was two points dropped.

“It was a great opportunity for us to win the game but credit to Peterborough they took the lead and we had to fight to get back in.

“We didn’t start as well as we wanted to and they began to impose themselves upon us and it probably took them scoring for us to really get going.

“Once we did, I thought we were on the front foot and had a lot of positives to take.”

Roberts was full of admiration for Haughton, and also praised the impact of debutant Ashley Hunter who came on as a substitute.

“Both of them have come into the side recently with Ash making his debut today, and they’re enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air.

“They both want to get on the ball and express themselves and I thought they were both fantastic.

“They give us that impetus upfront and it really puts the opposition on the back foot.

“I think both can take a lot from the game and I’m sure they’ll keep working hard and keep improving.”

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