Fleetwood 3 Bristol Rovers 1

Mark Roberts scores for Fleetwood Town    Picture:DERICK THOMAS
Mark Roberts scores for Fleetwood Town Picture:DERICK THOMAS

Fleetwood Town took three points but didn’t go for in for the kill as they made light work of victory over Bristol Rovers.

The creative prowess of Iain Hume, making his full debut was enough to see Graham Alexander’s side through, despite a late scare.

A mistake from Tom Parkes gifted Town the opener, Antoni Sarcevic pouncing after the Rovers skipper couldn’t control Hume’s pass.

It was two before the break, Josh Morris swinging over a corner, Mark Roberts rising unmarked to flick the ball home.

And a third came shortly after, Hume picking out the run of Taylor, his cross perfect for David Ball to head his first since returning from injury.

Hume should have had the goal he deserved before being substituted, denied by Steve Mildenhall who also kept out Nathan Pond’s close range header.

A double change, Town going to one up front, with Jamille Matt ploughing a lonely furrow, changed matters.

And Rovers took advantage, Fleetwood’s weakness from set pieces once again exposed as Ellis Harrison headed the visitors back into it.

It was a nervous conclusion to a game Town should have won by more, late pressure from John Ward’s side exposing Fleetwood’s delicate confidence.

But they saw the game out, claiming a vital three points to keep the promotion hopes alive.

Graham Alexander was pleased with the night’s work.

“I’m really pleased with my players and the performance,” he said.

“We started the game really well and got the goal we deserved.

“We got the ball down, interchanged positions and looked solid at the back.

“2-0 up at half time we were happy but we were also warning the lads that John Ward is an experienced manager.

“We thought they would change something and come at us.

“It’s a great third goal, a great move and then they’ve come at us.

“They piled bodies forward and caused us problems with pressure.

“The goal’s come from a set piece but after that we’re getting great blocks in, great headers.

“We’ve done the job that was required.”