Former Premier League defender Stephen Jordan hailed the contribution of Fleetwood stalwart Nathan Pond to the club’s narrow victory at Hartlepool United.
Pond was thrown into the starting line-up at the last minute when first-choice centre-half Ryan Cresswell failed a late fitness test.
And the 28-year-old didn’t let boss Graham Alexander down, a goal-line clearance in the opening five minutes signalling his intent to shut out Pools.
Jordan, who played in the top flight with Manchester City and Burnley, was impressed with the former part-timer who rose through the non-league ranks with Town.
He said: “Pondy was fantastic. He threw everything at it.
“He’s got a great bruise on his face from something that happened late on. I think he might have taken one from Scotty (Davies). It just shows what he was putting into it.”
Jordan knows what a hard-fought three points Fleetwood took at Victoria Park.
He said: “It was tough. We probably didn’t really deserve it but that’s football – you win ugly.
“You play games and sometimes that’s just what you’ve got to do. Over 46 games you can’t play brilliantly all the time. When you don’t, if you can win then that’s a bonus.”
Jordan, who played north of the border with Dunfermline last season, agreed his Fleetwood deal during the club’s pre-season tour of Austria and is very pleased with the start his new club have made to the season, taking nine points from a possible 12.
He said: “It’s been great, three wins out of four. I think we’ll take that. It’s certainly a good start. I’ve been getting plenty of game-time which is what you want.
“At the stage I’m at, you want to be playing as much as you can every week. I’m very happy right now.”
A second clean sheet away from home is another bonus for Jordan, who has started all five league and cup games for Fleetwood this season.
“It’s what you set out to do”, he said. “You go out wanting a clean sheet and if you can achieve that you’re halfway there.
“With the talent we have going forward, you know you’re always likely to be able to take something out of a game.”