Alexander vindicated by Valley Parade point

Fleetwood Town players celebrate as Nathan Pond scores his sides equaliser in injury time
Fleetwood Town players celebrate as Nathan Pond scores his sides equaliser in injury time
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Graham Alexander feels his side got their just desserts having staged a late comeback to snatch a point at Valley Parade.

“I think we feel vindicated in our performance,” said Alexander. “We deserved the point.

“2-0 was not in the plan, we’re disappointed in the goals we conceded.

“But I felt overall if we got beaten, 2-0 would have flattered Bradford.

“It’s a tough place to come and get a result but to come back from 2-0 down so late in the game shows a fantastic resilience in the players’ attitude.

“We needed to score at that time to give ourselves a chance.

“It’s a fantastic ball from Tyler Forbes and a great header from Jamie Proctor.

“You could see the belief in our team rise and the nerves in Bradford as well, in the players and the crowd. That’s what you’ve got to do at a place like this.

“You’ve got to make them nervous. It was probably only for the last eight or nine minutes but it got us back in the game and then we had a chance late on to win it.

“The keeper’s touched it round the post but the ref’s not seen that from Bally’s header.”

Town changed to an unfamiliar 5-3-2 formation, Forbes and Adam Chicksen playing as wing-backs with Conor McLaughlin in a new role at the heart of defence.

“You know Bradford’s threats, two big lads up top,” he said. “We wanted to put a bit more pressure on the ball forward, with the wing-backs getting close to theirs. “Even at 2-0 the formation worked for us.

“They took well to it, the players, and it’s given us food for thought if we need to do that again.

“It enabled us to keep two strikers, match them in midfield and we had the perfect players to play with wing backs. They’ve done ever so well.”

“We’re trying to mix the young players in with the experience we have. Everybody’s played their part.”