AFTER the initial disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser at Mansfield on Tuesday, Fleetwood Town’s players agree the point at Field Mill could be priceless in their Conference title chase.
The two-horse race to the winning post in the Blue Square Bet Premier stepped up another gear when Town were held by the Stags and second-placed Wrexham hammered Ebbsfleet 5-0 – to move within three points of Fleetwood with a game in hand, and wiping out their goal-difference advantage in the process.
But Fleetwood skipper Steve McNulty and striker Richard Brodie believe Tuesday’s point could be all-important in the final reckoning, with the frontman insisting Wrexham aren’t preying on Town’s minds.
Brodie said: “ I thought it was a great performance by the lads. As a team we were solid and resolute until the 91st minute. We didn’t have that bit of luck in front of goal.
“When teams score that late it feels like a defeat but we will pick ourselves up. We now have to go to Telford and win on Saturday.
“But we don’t worry about Wrexham. We just need to keep picking up points and the table will look after itself.”
Skipper McNulty was also thinking positive, saying: “Mansfield are a big side and they will be in the mix. But this will be a valuable point come the end of the season.
“It was disappointing to concede late on but Mansfield never really had a chance other than from set-pices. We lost a man in the box and they scored. We’ve had a bit of stick about conceding goals but we have kept our unbeaten run going”
Town face a third successive away game at Telford but that suits McNulty, who added: “We are confident of winning on the road. It suits us – teams can’t just defend against us because they are at home.
“We are always going to make chances and score goals. Jamie Vardy didn’t have one of his better games (at Mansfield). He was quiet, but he is always a goal threat who will get you one out of nothing.”
Brodie was among those to squander a chance at Mansfield but he is pleased to be back in the starting line-up. He added: “I think there a lot more to come from me and it looks like I might finally get that run in the side late in the season.
It was another game in which I had to be strong against two big, physical lads and hold the ball up. I though I did all right.”]
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