Alexander content but not pleased with point for Fleetwood Town

Jon Parkin celebrates  scoring Fleetwood's equalizer.
Jon Parkin celebrates scoring Fleetwood's equalizer.

Graham Alexander was left feeling content but not pleased with a point after his Fleetwood side battled back to draw with league leaders Chesterfield.

It was a close run top of the table encounter at Highbury - probably just edged by Paul Cook’s visitors but sub Jon Parkin popped up late to cancel out Liam Cooper’s opener.

“I’m content with a point,” said Alexander.

“It was a tough game and going 1-0 down to the league leaders I thought we showed a fantastic response and really went for it and got a goal we really deserved.

“It’s just a shame it didn’t come earlier in the second half and give us longer to get a winner.

“Chesterfield have a goal threat of their own and we had to be aware of that.

“I’m content, but not happy, with a point.”

It was a game which promised much, drawing a crowd of more than 4,500 to Highbury.

The first half delivered little, a tense affair in which neither side wanted to cede ground, Nathan Pond’s effort late on, chalked off thanks to a raised flag, the attacking pinnacle. Fleetwood only really sprung to life after conceding, a 30 minute flurry culminating in Parkin’s back post blast.

Alexander acknowledged it was a close run thing

He said: “It was the top two in the league at this moment.

“Neither team wanted to get beaten by the other one.

“It sometimes takes a goal to open things up and that was the case. “We always know we come strong in the second half and that showed.

“I think the fans saw we did everything we could to try and win the game.”

The Fleetwood boss perceived little danger from Cook’s side at the break, Cooper’s goal - a near post header from a Ritchie Humphreys corner - the culmination of intense pressure from Chesterfield after the interval

“There were a couple of little points we needed to clear up at half time,” said Alexander. “We didn’t think we were in any danger.

“We’d had a couple of opportunities we didn’t take, but that’s always going to be the case.”

“It was about keeping our focus and our discipline.

“We were disappointed then to go a goal down.

“The players are disappointed to concede from a set piece.

“We’ll look at it and try and rectify any problems we see.

“If it’s just somebody beating someone for a header then we’ll put our hands up and say it’s well taken but if we can learn something we will.

“The response, especially from the ones who came on, was fantastic.

“They left everything on the pitch today.”

Fleetwood were forced to weather a storm before beginning an assault of their own on Tommy Lee’s goal and Alexander believes his side could have taken all three points having shown good composure.

He said: “It’s important that when you concede you don’t leave yourself open.

“We had to get through that period of pressure.

“We brought on more attacking players and went for it and it’s just a shame we didn’t score more.”

And there were no tough words for midfielder Jeff Hughes, despite his second half penalty miss.

Antoni Sarcevic was hauled over by former Blackpool man Ian Evatt inside the box, Hughes sending his spot kick blazing over the bar.

“It’s a definite penalty,” said Alexander.

“Jeff’s missed but he’s nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be sorry for.,

“He’s won us games with his goals and he’ll do that again.

“A lot of teams miss a penalty, give up and think it’s not their day.

“It galvanised us, we stuck to what we wanted to do and it paid off.”