Alexander hails ‘world class’ strike

Fleetwood celebrate Antoni Sarcevic's goal
Fleetwood celebrate Antoni Sarcevic's goal

Town’s equaliser from Antoni Sarcevic was described by the Fleetwood boss as “a goal to grace any game anywhere in the world” and summed up the fighting spirit of Graham Alexander’s Fleetwood side.

The Town manager said: “We came from behind but I thought the performance levels from the team were just as good as last week, I really did.

“We went 1-0 down to a bit of a sucker punch.

“It can happen, it does happen in football, there are no easy games. The response from the team was fantastic.”

Despite dominating the opening half hour, Town found themselves a goal down when Tom Soares scored from Bury’s very first attack.

The Fleetwood boss wants his players to cut out mistakes like the ones which gifted the Shakers their goal.

He said: “It was poor from us, I think we could have defended it a lot better. It’s these little things that can cost you.

“We have to stamp that out and make sure we don’t give chances like that away.

“Because we’d been on top and conceded that goal we opened ourselves up a bit, trying to get a goal straight away and that showed when the lad hit the crossbar.

“We had a little bit of fortune there but over the 90 minutes I don’t think anyone will complain about Fleetwood taking the three points.”

“I thought we really deserved the result.”

Town had a goal disallowed before the break, the offside flag denying Jamille Matt.

And when Junior Brown found the woodwork from a set piece in the opening minutes of the second half, there was a fear around Highbury it might not be Town’s day.

It was a sentiment shared by the Fleetwood bench.

Alexander said: “We thought it might be one of those days when they scored because we’d had so many opportunities in the final third.

“Not clear cut chances but good openings, we got into good positions.

“You go 1-0 down, we’re scratching our heads as to why we are.

“But we told the lads to believe in themselves and keep doing what they are doing and that there was 95 minutes to win a game.

“We needed to keep going, keep the energy levels going, keep playing off Jamille Matt.

“They did that and we nearly had one straight away.

“Junior Brown’s free kick was fantastic, it’s come back off the post and not fallen to one of our lads but the second bit of attacking play was fantastic with the goal.

When Town did find the net, Antoni Sarcevic’s 20 yard thunderbolt, a sure fire goal of the season contender, was worth waiting for.

“It was unbelievable,” said Alexander.

“We were right behind it.

“He hit that sweet as a nut, it flew in off the bar and it’s a goal to grace any game anywhere in the world and it was just reward for the lads’ belief and endeavour and we went out for the win after that.

“I wouldn’t say the keeper was miles away from it, it went straight over his head.

“The sheer power of it took it past him.

“You can’t blame a keeper for a goal like that, it’s just great technique and power and it’s a great goal to get us back into a game, where we deserved to be.

From that point there was only one winner, Town securing a second consecutive Highbury victory through winger Gareth Evans.

“The winner was great football,” said Alexander

“We know we’ve got goal threats in our midfield.

“It was great interplay and a great finish.

“We were just looking for that next one to give us a cushion, it didn’t come.”

Not that Fleetwood made it easy for themselves, tired legs and a change from Bury, the tricky Ashley Grimes joining the attack, making the last ten minutes a nail-biter.

Alexander said: “Bury came back at us, credit to them, they never let their heads drop and it ended up being a hard-fought game.

“We got a little bit deep, they didn’t have any clear cut chances.

“It’s so tight your natural reaction is to drop off.

“There were balls coming into our box but every time they did there was a red shirt getting a touch on it.

“The work rate was fantastic.”

Victory moves Fleetwood into the play-off places.

They sit third ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth.