Alexander: We could have won it

Antoni Sarcevic equalises for Fleetwood
Antoni Sarcevic equalises for Fleetwood

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander believes his side could have pulled off a famous victory over Sheffield United.

“I think we could have won it, definitely,” he told The Gazette. “We had some really good chances, especially second half.

“I don’t think we really deserved to be 1-0 down at half time. We just encouraged the boys to go out there and play and I think they did that.

“We got a deserved equaliser and we could have gone on to win it.”

Fleetwood fans feared the worst when former Seasider Bob Harris opened the scoring for the visitors.

Alexander said: “It’s not the timing of the goal that’s disappointing, it’s the way it came around.

“To let the lad get into the scoring position was disappointing.

“But we reacted well to the goal, the lads settled down and we could have equalised before half time but probably didn’t force it enough.

“After the break we did that, played on the front foot and had loads of energy. When the goal did come along it was thoroughly deserved.”

The equaliser was a top- quality strike by Sarcevic. “It was a difficult header, no doubt,” said Alexander. “I thought we worked the ball really well to get Josh into the position to cross.

“We’ve been asking for a bit of composure from our crosses, from our final ball and we’ve got that. We know the qualities Sarce has got and it’s great to see him off the mark. He’s placed it really well.

“I thought we passed the ball really well second half. We were more expansive with our shape.

“We were a handful for Sheffield United, we caused them more problems.

“We’re happy with a point, we’d have loved three. But it’s a good point against a good club.”

“We believe in this group so much.

“Their work in training has been superb.”