MICKY Mellon admitted his Fleetwood Town side ran out of steam at Bristol Rovers, where they grabbed a point despite being second-best.
Scott Davies was on top form to keep Fleetwood on level terms against The Gas, the visitors themselves limited to a handful of half chances.
Mellon said: “Coming away to Bristol Rovers, it’s always a difficult place to come, regardless of where they are in the league.
“We knew it was going to be difficult. We looked at times like a side who have played three games in seven days.
“We always want to play the perfect game but, just like I’ve said to everybody, you’ve got to respect a point.
“We’re away from home, it’s the football league, we’re delighted.”
It was far from a vintage display from the Cod Army and summing up the performance the manager was blunt.
He said: “We got a point, that’s it. That’s as good as it gets.
“If you’d said to me before the game would I take a point, I’d have taken a point here.”
Mellon made a double substitution at half-time having felt his team were a little jaded in the first 45 minutes.
“I just wanted to try and put some energy into it,” he said.
“Both teams looked tired and I wanted to try to inject something into it.”
Three second-half saves from Scott Davies kept Town on level terms and Mellon was full of praise for his stopper.
He said: “Scott’s coming on well. He’s developing into, I think, one of the best keepers in the league.”
Jon Parkin lost his place in the starting line up to Steven Gillespie as Mellon looked to ring the changes, the boss saying he’d wanted to ‘shake-up’ his side.
Fleetwood did have a shout for a penalty in the second half when Tom Parkes looked to have handled in the area and Mellon was adamant his side should have had the spot-kick.
He said: “It was a penalty.Everyone in the stadium knew that. Even the Bristol Rovers players panicked, they ran to the referee.
“You don’t panic, you don’t do that if it’s not a penalty.”
Pirates boss Mark McGhee admitted his side had enjoyed a stroke of luck.
He said: “It’s a penalty and I don’t know why it hasn’t been given. That’s the biggest stroke of luck we’ve had this season.”