Pressley wants tougher Fleetwood defence after ‘soft’ goals

Antoni Sarcevic scores for Fleetwood
Antoni Sarcevic scores for Fleetwood

Steven Pressley admits his side can’t afford to keep making defensive errors after a 3-1 home defeat by high-flying Wigan dropped Fleetwood back into the relegation zone.

Town thought they’d sealed a point before a late rally by the Latics, who scored twice in the closing stages to seal victory at Highbury.

Town would have been lucky to snatch a point as Wigan showed they still have Championship class within their ranks following last season’s relegation.

Fleetwood have been dogged by defensive errors of late, a pattern which continued against the Latics.

And with Bury heading to Highbury on Saturday, Pressley is expecting better. He said:”We’ve not been giving up too many goals and chances, so it was disappointed to give up the three.

“All three goals were soft goals. We’ve not been giving up chances like that.

“But we’ve got an opportunity to put things right.

“We just need to bounce back on Saturday and we intend to do that.”

Andy Kellett opened the scoring just before the break, skipping past Amari’i Bell and firing low past Chris Maxwell.

Donervan Daniels and Max Power both hit the bar for the visitors before Fleetwood levelled.

Daniels tripped David Ball inside the box and Antoni Sarcevic smashed home the penalty.

But two inspired changes from Wigan boss Gary Caldwell secured the points .

Substitutes Yanic Wildschut and Jordy Hiwula were too hot for Town to handle.

Hiwula fired home after sustained Wigan pressure with five minutes remaining, Mark Jacobs adding a third with a late breakaway.

Pressley said: “It was a game played by two very competitive teams,” said Pressley

“It was a good League One game. There was real intensity to it and commitment from both sets of players.

“I’m just disappointed because having got back into it at 1-1, we had the momentum to go on and win the game but we didn’t.

“Our home form has been good of late but we have lost at home.

“That’s something I don’t want to happen. I don’t want that to become a recurring theme.”

Despite Wigan dominating for large spells, Pressley believes his side may have deserved more from the game.

He continued:”We played against a very good League One side, a side with very good players.

“It was a greater test than the last couple of matches and I don’t think we dominated like we have.

“It was a strong performance and one which I think merited a point.

“They are a side blessed with a great depth to their squad.

“You expect that because they have the biggest budget in the league.

“All in all, I’m really happy with how the players go about things.

“But these are games I think we have to win.”