A LACK of midweek action is a blessing for Fleetwood Town, according to midfielder Barry Nicholson.
The midfielder scored in Town’s 2-2 draw at Exeter on Saturday but admitted Micky Mellon’s side were in need of a welcome break – having been decimated by injury in recent weeks.
Mellon had just 18 fit players for the trip to Devon – a fact not lost on the former Aberdeen and Preston star.
He said: “We’ve got a few sore bodies and a few injuries, and, hopefully, we can get them back for next weekend’s game.
“I don’t know how far the injuries are off, but I know we were down to the bare bones on Saturday at Exeter.
“The boys dug deep though and we took another point, and we’ll be back again to go for the win against Plymouth.”
Keeper Scott Davies was in agreement
He said: “When you are on a good run you just want the games to keep coming.
But, right now, at Fleetwood we know we’ve got some big issues with injuries and the break, even if it is only for a few days, gives people a chance to rest sore limbs and hopefully we’ll be fresh and ready to go for Saturday.
“We’re down to the bare bones right now, so hopefully we’ll be able to get some people rested in time for the weekend.”
Nicholson’s goal, following a superb pass from fellow Scot Barry Ferguson, handed Town a 2-1 half-time lead at St James’s Park, before John O’Fynn equalised for The Grecians from the penalty spot.
He said: “The ball from Barry Ferguson was really something special.
“We talked about it in training, me and Jamie McGuire getting in ahead of the striker and pushing on.
“I just spotted a great gap and Barry Ferguson’s pass was inch perfect.
“I didn’t even need to break my stride, I was just able to slot the ball past the goalkeeper.”
And the 34-year-old was full of praise for former Scotland captain Ferguson, who is on a two-month loan at Highbury from Fylde coast neighbours Blackpool.
He said: “I know what Barry Ferguson is like, I was in the same youth team as him at Rangers.
“I know his qualities, and he’s been fantastic for us.
“He’s a big character in the dressing room and everybody is learning from him.
“It’s great to have him at the football club.”
Nicholson believes Fleetwood could have taken more from their away day, with chances late on to snatch all three points.
He said: “We were a bit disappointed in the dressing room
“When you go a goal up and then get it to 2-1 away from home and only come away with a point you feel like you should maybe have gone on to win the game.
“So they were a little bit down in the dressing room but it’s another point away from home and if we keep doing that we know we’re not going to be far off come the end of the season.
“It was a tough game. 2-1 up at half time we were feeling very confident.
“It’s a big thing and you feel that if you come out in the second half and get the first goal you’re going to go on and win the game.
“Obviously, they got the goal with the penalty, and, to be fair to them, they threw bodies forward and got in behind us.
“But we were resolute and defensively we held out.
“We could have sneaked it in the end – Junior (Brown) had a great chance, and their keeper made a great block.
“It just didn’t happen in the end.”