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Alexander: Nobody had their flip flops on

3 May 2015

Cod Army picked up ninth away win of the season at Vale Park

Graham Alexander was delighted to end the season on a high as his Town side picked up three points at Vale Park this afternoon.

Goals from Josh Morris and Mark Roberts in the first half gave Fleetwood a comfortable cushion, before Michael O’Connor netted a consolation deep into stoppage time.

The result meant the Cod Army ended their first season in England’s third tier in tenth place, and Alexander was full of praise for all involved.

He said: “The way we started the season was superb; it gave us momentum for the rest of it.

‘I've been really saddened by the last couple of results because I wanted the players to end the season as winners.

‘I wanted the supporters to go home with a smile and I'm delighted the players have done that for them today.

“You saw from our team that no-one was thinking about the summer today. Nobody had their flip flops on and they put all their effort into it.

“It's a testament to every single one of them and it's great to be the manager of that group when you see them perform like that.

“When you're on top and playing well, you need to score goal to vindicate how you've played and we did that. We could have added to it on occasions but we had to defend well as well because they've got goals throughout their team.

“We did that until the last five seconds of the game when they scored, which is disappointing, but we're not going to let that take the shine off what these players have done this season.

“To finish in the top ten at the first season at this level is a fantastic achievement and I'd like to give a pat on the back to every player that has contributed this season.

“Even though it didn't have any repercussions for promotion and relegation, I would have been devastated if we'd not won this game because I wanted the players to end the season as they started it.

“I wanted them to take the intensity and decision making that they've shown on the training ground onto the pitch today and I thought they did that.

“Over the last two years we couldn't have asked any more from these lads. I obviously want to thank the players but there are of course a lot of people behind the scenes like the backroom staff that have helped us along the way.

“We wanted the supporters to go into the summer with a smile on their face... proud of their Club, proud of their team. I think they can do that.

“That's our ninth away victory, which is a fantastic achievement in itself, and hopefully they'll be with us again next season to see where we can hopefully improve and take this Club forward again.”

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