Alexander hails spirit of players

Fleetwood Town v Tranmere Rovers
Fleetwood Town v Tranmere Rovers

Graham Alexander hailed a magnificent Fleetwood fightback as Town booked their place in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy.

Alexander was delighted to notch up his first victory over opposition from a higher level since arriving at Highbury.

He said: “The lads were fantastic.

“We kept our discipline and shape, made it hard for Tranmere to break us down and hit them on the break.

“We created opportunities in the first half when we didn’t score.

“The sun got in the way of Ryan Cresswell on a couple of set pieces and it’s flashed by. But the response was incredible.”

After the disappointment of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon, Town needed a pick-me-up and to put in a strong display.

They certainly managed that at Prenton Park, dominating for long periods despite Ronnie Moore fielding a strong side.

“We asked them for a performance,” said Alexander

“We’ve got some really good players, some consciencous players who are disappointed when they let themselves down and let Fleetwood down.

“We felt like we’d let ourselves down on Saturday, we had an ill feeling inside about it and this game came at a good time.

“We didn’t have to wait too long, it was a quick turnaround. I thought we deserved the win.”

One of the decisions which angered Alexander was the one not to discipline Rovers skipper Ian Goodison for a challenge which left substitute David Ball in need of five stitches.

But the Fleetwood boss was delighted with Matt’s efforts.

“You’ve got to chase everything,” said Alexander.

“Jamille is a handful when he’s running at the opposition goal. The second finish was fantastic, his composure when he went through was great and to put it in the corner. The lads are buzzing for him.”