Fleetwood prove they can raise their game for the lower sides

Hayes v Fleetwood'By derick Thomas'Alex Ray Harvey on debut

Hayes v Fleetwood'By derick Thomas'Alex Ray Harvey on debut

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DEFENSIVE duo Sean Gregan and skipper Steve McNulty agreed Saturday’s performance at Hayes and Yeading was a timely tonic for Fleetwood Town.

The teams may be at opposite ends of the Blue Square Bet Premier but Town have made an unfortunate habit of dropping points against the relegation contenders this season.

And with five of Town’s remaining six matches against sides in the lower half of the table, this was the perfect time to prove they have no mental block when it comes to playing the lesser sides.

McNulty said: “We seem to have been struggling against sides like this but we have done a professional job.

“I thought we played really well in the first half but started the second half sloppily, and it was backs to the wall when they pulled one back.”

Gregan agreed saying: “We showed great character, dug in and battled, which we haven’t always been doing against these sort of sides.”

The talk at Town in the build-up was of the need to ‘win ugly’ and Saturday’s success fitted into that category, with Gregan summing it up as “a horrible game”.

But he added: “We said at the start of the week that it’s not about how you play at this stage of the season, it’s about getting the points, so we go back up the road pleased with the win.”

Assistant manager Steve Macauley agreed it was mission accomplished. He said: “It was always going to be tough at Hayes but we won ugly, applied ourselves well and are obviously very pleased.

“It wasn’t the best game to watch but it’s all about getting the three points. Of course you would like to have the performance as well as the points, but the points are what is most important.

“The pitch was not of the quality the lads are used to but we can’t use that as an excuse. We had to go out and win the game and we did.

“We were the better side in the first half and we created chances throughout. Nathan Pond and Junior Brown both took their chances well and will be pleased with their performances.”

It’s a similar scenario at Highbury on Saturday, with visitors Tamworth another side battling to beat the drop.

And more of the same will do McNulty just fine. He added: “We probably need to win every game from now on but if we do we will get into the play-offs.”

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