I’m just doing my job says Fleetwood Town hotshot Parkin

Jon Parkin celebrates his equaliser
Jon Parkin celebrates his equaliser

Striker Jon Parkin insists he’s just doing his job after bagging a third in three games to salvage a point for Fleetwood against leaders Chesterfield.

Parkin’s 89th minute blast at the back post, which squirmed through the legs of Tommy Lee, was enough to ensure the spoils were shared, despite Fleetwood having a goal chalked off in the first half and missing a penalty in the second.

Despite those chances to press home their advantage in front of a bumper Highbury crowd, Parkin believes the 1-1 draw was probably about the right conclusion to the top-two clash.

“When you miss a penalty you’re up against it,” he said.

“But we’ve gone at them and grabbed a late equaliser and in the end it was probably a fair result.

“I don’t think there was much in it. We were disappointed with how we played in the first half.

“We’ve addressed that come out stronger after the break and conceded from a set piece.

“That’s not ideal, we don’t want to be conceding from set pieces.

“But we’ve shown great character to come back.”

Parkin was an 80th minute substitute, replacing wide man Ryan Crowther.

And his impact was substantial. Hughes flicked on Junior Brown’s cross and Parkin applyied a cool finish atthe back-post.

It’s all part of a day’s work for the experienced frontman.

Parkin said: “Jeff flicked it, I’ve had a touch and managed to sneak it between the keeper’s legs. I’ve hit it nicely but in the end I’m just doing my job, aren’t I?”

It means Parkin has now netted in Town’s last three games, goals against Bristol Rovers and Crewe catapulting him into the ranks of the club’s top scorers for the season.

It’s a far cry from the start of the campaign, injury forcing the former Cardiff and Preston man on to the sidelines, with strong form from David Ball and Jamille Matt keeping him there.

“It’s not been stop-start, it’s just been stop,” joked Parkin.

“I got my first start on Tuesday night. But Jamille’s been doing great. I’m not really in a position to be going and asking why I’m not playing.”

Now boss Graham Alexander has a problem on his hands – three strikers with six goals between them in the last three games.

Parkin insists Alexander will take it in his stride. “I’m sure the manager won’t mind,” he said

“He can cope with problems like that . He’ll just be happy to see all of us scoring.”

Despite his October purple patch, Parkin won’t be knocking down the door of boss Alexander demanding a start.

“I don’t think I need to go knocking on his door,” he said.

“He knows I want to play. He knows what I can do and it’s up to him to pick me.”

As for the draw, which kept the Spireites on top of League Two by just a point, Parkin doesn’t think it will prove significant come April and is already forward looking to Friday’s big game at Roots Hall.

He said: “We go to Southend next, which will be a tough game.

“I don’t think this result on Saturday, however it went, will really matter in the long run. There’s a long way to go yet.”

What he does believe is tht Fleetwood have a side capable of staying with the pace.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t stay at the top,” he said. “We’ve got a decent squad and when we make changes there’s no drop in quality. Personally, I think we can be up there.”

Saturday’s game attracted a record Football League crowd of 4,521 to Highbury, among them Manchester United boss David Moyes.

“I just hope he doesn’t want to sign me,” joked Parkin, who was in his element playing in front of such a bumper gate.

It’s the first time the club has attracted such a number since their 29-game unbeaten run in the Conference two seasons ago. “They’ve fetched a lot, which helps,” he said.

“It’s been a good atmosphere and that’s how, as players, we’d love to have it every week.”

Fleetwood’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Carlisle United will be played on Wednesday November 13.

The game has been chosen for live coverage on Sky Sports.