Win brings relief at Highbury

Alexander - sigh of relief
Alexander - sigh of relief

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander admitted a communal sigh of relief had been breathed as Town ended their win-less run with victory over Port Vale.

He said: “It was a real change from the previous games when we’ve played really well and got nothing.

“We’ve not played as well as we have recently but we’ve won the game.

“You can see the anguish from the players when things are not coming off as nicely as they normally do.

“But I think that was a culmination of the recent results, of not picking up a win, so to come through that and win 1-0 it’s good.

“Let’s be honest, we did deserve the three points but we’ve made very hard work of it. Port Vale are under new management, they’ve had an upturn and we’ve had to work hard to get three points.”

Although Robert Page’s side made life difficult for Town, Alexander knows the lack of chances was partly down to his own side’s struggles. He said: “They are the away team and are entitled to play how they want.

“But we didn’t pass the ball quickly enough, I thought we seemed to think we had a lot of time on the ball or we were passing it too quickly, trying to play the one-two and surrendering possession.

“We didn’t move it wide quickly enough but we tried to put that right but it didn’t always come off.

“It can be like that, the lads have worked hard to put things right but, especially at home the expectation is there to win straight away.

“Then when they went down to 10 men you know they are going to be compact and solid.

“The substitutes came on and swung the game in our favour.

“We got a penalty, which was a stonewall penalty. I’m surprised the referee didn’t give it to be honest.

“I thought there were two or three fouls.”