Jamie keeps faith until final whistle

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FLEETWOOD Town left it late to grab all three points at Chesterfield, but their last-minute winner came as no shock to midfielder Jamie McGuire.

It took an own goal to clinch the 2-1 success but McGuire, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Steve McNulty, insists he never lost faith that Town could seal the victory which keeps them in the automatic promotion zone in League Two.

McGuire said: “Even with time running out we never felt as though our chance had gone because of the quality we know we have.

“We defended well as a team and we knew our chance would come.

“To come here and win against a team that was in League One last season shows just what Fleetwood is all about. I thought we thoroughly deserved it.

“We got on the ball and passed it well. The centre-halves dropped off to make more space for us in midfield and I thought we should have been two or three up at half-time.

“Maybe we could have defended better for their goal but we regrouped and we got our reward.”

Though the winner was officially an o.g., McGuire and his team-mates were happy to give the credit to Junior Brown, the final Town player to get a touch before the Spireites’ Chris Atkinson inadvertently helped the ball over the line.

McGuire, who turns 29 next month, added: “We had chances we maybe should have taken but we dug deep in the second half and defended well as a team, and we got our reward.

“It wasn’t a surprise that Junior got on the end of it because everything he touches is going in at the moment.”

McGuire is still awaiting his first Football League goal, though he netted twice against this Saturday’s opponents Rochdale in the Johnstone Paint Trophy last month.

Scoring or not, the Liverpudlian is pleased with his own performances.

He said: “Everyone is on form but those are the standards we set. It’s been a tough week but it never went for us on Saturday against Wimbledon.

“They came to our place and did what they did, but that game is done now.

“We’ve got our points at Chesterfield and now we go on to another tough game at Rochdale.

“We’ve had a nice day off Wednesday, now we regroup on Thursday and work on the things the gaffer wants to work on.”

McGuire is now looking forward to the season’s second trip to Spotland, confident that the much-appreciated vocal backing of the travelling Cod Army is assured.

He added: “The fans are great. It must have taken three hours or more to go to Chesterfield from Fleetwood on a Tuesday night and you want to thank them all.

“They are always there, singing and getting behind us.”

n Jamie McGuire was talking to DAVID MITCHELL