Goodall: We deserved to defeat City

Fleetwood Town v Bradford City at Highbury. Alan Goodall celebrates his first half goal.
Fleetwood Town v Bradford City at Highbury. Alan Goodall celebrates his first half goal.

Centre-half, left-back, goalscorer it’s been quite a return to first-team action for Alan Goodall.

The 31-year-old defender has been handed an extended run in the team since the arrival of Graham Alexander, featuring in all nine matches under the new manager and bagging three goals on top of his defensive duties.

Not that Wirral-born Goodall is keeping a tally – he’s just happy to be involved.

“I hate sitting round and watching,” he joked. “That’s my nightmare, so for the gaffer to have given me a chance, that’s great.”

Goodall’s had to show his versatility since his return to Football League action but it’s all par for the course for the former Rochdale and Chesterfield man.

He said: “I do my best wherever I just happen to be playing. It’s nice to be involved, wherever that might be.”

Goodall scored the opener and played a major part in Town’s second as Alexander’s men battled back to earn a point against Bradford City on Saturday.

It was a physical encounter but Goodall insisted Town, who gave as good as they got over the 90 minutes, were well prepared.

“Bradford were tough opposition – they were big, tough, physical,” he said.

“They have done really well to get to the Capital One Cup final.

“They’ve beaten three Premier League teams, so to get a point off them...

“We always knew what was going to happen and had prepared for it all week.

“I thought the lads dug in well and I think we deserved to win.

“I know we’re at home but it’s a good result.”

Town could have been two or three goals to the good before Bradford equalised through a superb free-kick from Nahki Wells, and Goodall was proud of the quality Fleetwood showed.

He said: “We were on top a lot. The boys played really good football.

“We had our own plan of what to do and the boys were unlucky.”

But Wells’ body blow just before the break and some sloppy defending just minutes after the re-start gave Fleetwood a mountain to climb.

Goodall continued: “It would have been nice to get to the half a goal up, but to pull a free-kick out like that.

“It was different class – Scott had no chance of saving it. They scored just before the break, which put us on a downer.

“We came out after the break and they got a bit sloppy but the lads dug in and we came back.”

Town’s equaliser came from the penalty spot, Goodall once again involved as his shot bounced back off keeper Matt Duke and on to the arm of James Hanson.

Jon Parkin converted the spot-kick but Goodall had sympathy for the Bantams player.

He said: “I think the lad was unlucky.

“I’ve turned and hit it, the keeper has saved it and it’s bounced back up and hit him.

“His arm’s in the air, and in that case you’re liable to get something given.

“It could have gone either way, but unfortunately for them and luckily for us he’s given the penalty.”

Goodall’s hadn’t scored in his first season and a half at the club under former boss Micky Mellon. Indeed his previous League goal had been for Chesterfield at Exeter in October 2008.

He added: “It is always nice to score. Before this season they had dried up a bit, so it is nice to get a few again.

“Scoring is scoring and it’s just nice to help out the lads.”