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Alexander: My players were superb in the second half

3 January 2015

The Cod Army began the year with a deserved point

Graham Alexander praised his team’s second half performance against Swindon but admitted that the result was another learning curve for his players at this level.

Fleetwood had opened up a two goal cushion thanks to a brace from Josh Morris, who was playing his last game for the Club before returning to Blackburn Rovers.

However, Swindon pulled one back after an unfortunate ricochet off skipper Mark Roberts’ shoulder, before Louis Thompson equalised soon after.

He said: “We didn’t really get to grip with what we wanted to do against them, but Maxy made a great save from the penalty in the first half, and then in the second half I thought we were superb.

“They couldn’t find a way through and we had the idea of what we needed to do and we deservedly took the lead with two superb goals.

“They’ve had a huge slice of fortune for the first goal, it’s come off Robbo’s shoulder, the ball is going miles wide and it has dropped in the top corner which you can’t do much about

“We talked about what we needed to do and in second half we nullified their threats and I can’t remember them having any opportunities until late on when they built up a little bit of pressure.”

Even though his players were despondent at letting a two goal lead slip, Alexander stated that it was still a point gained.

“The lads are fierce competitors who want to win games, and they’ve come off the pitch thinking it’s two points dropped but it is a point against a very good team.

“If you want to look at our league position, our points tally, our performances, it’s whether the glass is half empty or is half full and for me and my staff it is half full.

“The natural enthusiasm of our player and our team is to score more goals and it is hard to take that away from them, but we’ve got to realise we need to do things differently when in the lead.

“There are plenty of players in our squad who are learning the level we are at, game by game, week by week and you can see that improvement all the time.”

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