Alexander hails ‘exceptional’ win

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FLEETWOOD manager Graham Alexander couldn’t wish for more after his side rolled over pace-setters Port Vale.

Town avenged a 5-2 thrashing at Highbury in September with a 2-0 New Year’s Day victory at Vale Park – the perfect start to 2013

Alexander said: “It’s just an add on to the Christmas present of the win against Morecambe.

“It was very pleasing today. We did exceptionally well against a very, very good team. To come here and keep a clean sheet and score two goals, we’re very happy.

“I couldn’t ask for more.”

And the Fleetwood boss, who remains unbeaten since taking charge at Highbury, believes his team were good for more than just their brace.

He said: “You’ve got to give Port Vale respect.

“They were top of the league for a reason.

“They put you under 
pressure and they’ve got goalscorers. The lad Pope, he’s been on fire this season.

“I spoke to the lads before the game. You’ve got to accept a lot isn’t going to go your way in a game like this.

“But it’s how you react to the things that do, the chances, misplaced passes, shots on target.

“You’ve just got to keep on playing. I think we created enough chances ourselves today to probably score two or three more.”

Both Fleetwood’s goals came from free kicks, 
David Ball poking home from 
Junior Brown’s effort 
following a knock-down by Alan Goodall and then Goodall himself with a fine header to give Town a two-goal cushion.

“Set plays are a massive part of the game,” insisted Alexander. “We talk about them and we try and organise ourselves properly for them, both for an against, because you have to. It happens so often in a game.

“But I thought some of the football we played attacking wise was exceptional today.

“The boys at the back had to do their job as well as they posed a big threat but they did their jobs.”

Port Vale could have clawed their way back in when Dean Howell conceded a penalty mid-way through the second half –Scott Davies with a fine save to deny Jennison Myrie-
Williams from the spot.

Alexander was unsure on the penalty itself but thought the home crowd had played a big part.

He said: “I was more disappointed with a few free kicks before the penalty.

“You know what you’re going to get when you come to the league leaders.

“The crowd were baying for every challenge and free kick.

“A couple leading up to the penalty were very weak and for the home side.

“The penalty, well, that’s probably 50-50, but we’re disappointed with how it got to that point.

“It was something we spoke about at half time and after the game

“But Scott’s there to make saves and luckily he’s done that.”

And the Fleetwood manager was delighted with the fourth clean sheet in five games under his command.

He said: “I wouldn’t say we were comfortable at the end, it only takes on moment to change the game.

“I think on the counter attack we could have got more. But 2-0 is a dangerous score.

“You concede one, as we did at Gillingham, and it changes.

“Goals change games is the old saying and thankfully today we didn’t concede one.”