Producing the Goods

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ONE of the unsung heroes of Fleetwood Town has certainly found his voice at the end of 2012.

Having found himself in and out of the side during his 18 months at Highbury, defender Alan Goodall has started the last four games and has been named in the official League Two team of the week following his impressive display in the 2-2 draw at Gillingham last Saturday.

That was a performance capped by his first goal for the club, a header from a corner which put Town 2-0 up and threatened to turn the formbook upside down.

Not only was this Wirral-born Goodall’s first goal for Town, it was his first since October 2008, when he joined the goal spree in Chesterfield’s 6-1 hammering of Exeter.

Goodall, who turned 31 at the start of the month, deserved his long overdue goal celebrations in Kent last weekend, though he had mixed feelings over his contribution to the game.

He said: “To come in and score as well is a nice feeling because it had been a while. The important thing is to be playing because it’s so frustrating when you are not involved.

“But I thought I should have done better for their first goal because it was my man on the back stick who scored.

“I was disappointed with that because it would have been nice to have led 2-0 at half-time instead of 2-1.”

In the end, Town had to settle for a share of the spoils but it was a display the defender is confident his side can build on. He added: “The second half was horrible. All they were doing was hitting it as long and as high as they could to try to turn us round. It was like the Alamo at one point but we dealt with it well.

“We were disappointed when they scored the equaliser but it was a good battling performance and we really got stuck in.”

Having arrived as a specialist left-back following his release by Stockport in summer 2011, Goodall has moved infield in recent weeks to form a new-look central defensive partnership with skipper Rob Atkinson.

And although Town have won none of the last four matches Goodall has started, he is confident they are moving in the right direction under new boss Graham Alexander and hopeful of victory at Oxford United this weekend.

He added: “We have played two hard games (Southend was the first) and not been beaten since Graham arrived, and when you travel away to the top team in the league and get a point you can’t complain with that.

“The support was brilliant too. It’s always really good to see people who will spend their money and make such a long journey to support you.”

n HALF-Season tickets are on sale now for all age groups for the Parkside Stand, the Highbury Stand and the Memorial Stand.

Anybody buying one before 3pm on Christmas Eve will be entered into a draw for a copy of the Football Manager 2013 computer game signed by Graham Alexander.