Fleetwoood assistant manager Chris Lucketti hailed a well deserved point as Town preserved their unbeaten League One record with a 1-1 home draw against a Leyton Orient side strongly fancied for promotion.
Stephen Dobbie came off the bench to score his first Fleetwood goal and snatch a point after Darius Henderson had given the ‘O’s a first-half lead.
Town were in control for long periods against last season’s beaten play-off finalists and Graham Alexander’s no.2 was delighted to see Town hold their nerve and end August second in the table.
Lucketti said: We’re delighted with the point because I thought we thoroughly deserved it.”
“We started off fantastically well and had a couple of chances which we should have taken.
“We knew they were a danger from set-pieces and Henderson causes problems up front, so their goal did knock us back for about 20 minutes.”
“In the second half we were still suffering a bit from that goal but the boys rallied and ended the game well.”
“They are a quality side who were a whisker away from being in the Championship.
“They’ll be up there again come the end of this season.”
Dobbie’s goal was particularly pleasing for the Fleetwood backroom staff.
But Lucketti revealed the former Blackpool frontman hadn’t originally been considered ready for the game, having only returned to training after an ankle injury on Friday.
He said: “It was a great finish from Dobbie and it was great to see him back on the pitch. We’ve missed him the past few weeks and he’ll be a great asset to us this season.
“He showed everyone the quality he has got with the finish he produced.
“Hes probably back too early but if you’d seen him in training, he was sharp as a tack and we had to put him in.
“He’s obviously showed his qualities.”
Dobbie isn’t the only big name on the road back to fitness with club skipper Mark Roberts also named among the substitutes on Saturday.
Keith Southern is understood to be just two weeks away from fitness with Jeff Hughes also having played several times for the development squad.
Lucketti told The Gazette: “We’ve got big names coming back.
“It’s not just massive names but massive quality.
“I think just the presence of the two lads back on the bench on Saturday gives everybody a lift, the fans and the players.
“The fact we’ve got the re-inforcements coming back is a real positive.”