Scott Davies believes Fleetwood Town are right where they want to be – despite missing a chance to go top when they conceded a late equaliser on Saturday.
Dave Kitson’s 89th-minute header kept Oxford United top of the pile, two points ahead of Fleetwood Town.
But Davies insists there are plenty of positives to be taken from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Highbury and predicts Fleetwood will build on their strong position as the season continues.
“If you’d said to me we’d be two points off the top come the start of December, I’d have snapped your hand off,” he said.
“We’re where we want to be and we want to push on to the top in the second half of the season.”
The draw against Oxford, who are still unbeaten away from the Kassam, saw Fleetwood slip to seventh spot.
But just three points separate the top eight and Davies believes the defensive strength shown in the face of a second half Us bombardment will serve Town well in the long term.
And he feels it’s vital Fleetwood start picking up the hard-fought points.
“I think we should be aiming to beat any team,” he said. “Whenever you don’t win it’s disappointing.
“The first half of this season, when we’ve not been winning we’ve not been drawing either.
“It’s something we’ve wanted to put right and we did that on Saturday.
“Points can be important come the end of the season.”
The late goal from Kitson was a real blow to Town, who had led since Steven Schumacher’s 12th-minute free- kick.
But Davies believes the battling display after the break showed a different side of Graham Alexander’s team, one which will be vital over the full 46 games of the league season.
He said: “Whenever you concede late on it’s disappointing.
“But on a positive note we’ve taken a point from the league leaders.
“We’ve worked really hard at the back and it’s something we put a lot into on the training pitch in the week.
“They’ve had a lot of chances and we’ve had to put a lot of bodies on the line in our box.
“In that respect people will have seen a different side of Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
“Going forward, if we take chances in future games we’ve got a great chance of being where we want to be. It will come good.
“It was a good point and we’ll move forward.
Before Kitson levelled, Davies had saved a penalty from former team-mate Danny Rose.
And the keeper revealed how he’d turned to his experience of playing against Rose in the Conference when facing up to the Us midfielder.
“I spoke to Danny Rose after the game,” he said.
“He scored a penalty past me a few weeks before signing here. He went the same way then too.
“There was always a chance he was going to change his mind.
“But as a goalkeeper you’ve just got to pick a side and go with it, and thankfully luck was with me.”