Paint pot pursuit can boost league bid

Fleetwood players celebrate on Tuesday
Fleetwood players celebrate on Tuesday
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Goal hero Jamille Matt insists Fleetwood Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory at Tranmere can kickstart their League campaign.

Matt’s second-half double secured a fine 2-1 win at Prenton Park, Fleetwood coming back from a goal down to book a spot in the second round.

And with back-to-back League Two home games looming against Torquay and Bury, Matt is keen to use the cup result as a springboard to success, particularly after the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

He said: “Our bread and butter is the league. We’re really looking forward to getting back on track.

“We needed a reaction after last weekend at Wimbledon. We didn’t do ourselves justice.

“We got that reaction at Tranmere and now we need to keep that going into the next two home games and beyond.”

Fleetwood are in the second round draw for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for the first time in their history.

And Matt added: “We want to do well in all competitions. Every game is an important one. We want to get the momentum going and a run of wins under our belt.

“Tranmere was a great win and it’s vital we keep that going, starting on Saturday.”

As for his two-goal haul at Prenton Park, the striker who was Fleetwood’s record signing from Kidderminster in January was typically humble.

He said: “The most important thing was getting the win.It’s nice to get two goals but it’s all about the result. We won and we deserved it.”

“I thought over 90 minutes we were the better side. We were unlucky to go a goal down but we showed a lot of character to fight back.”

There’s no doubt Evan Horwood’s set-piece strike came against the run of play, Town having played a clever game in the first half, allowing Tranmere possession but breaking with devastating pace.

Only the final ball had let Fleetwood down, something acknowledged by their lone target man.

Matt said: “I think in the first half we played a lot of good football without maybe getting the service we needed. But we kept going and we got our rewards.”

The equaliser, two minutes after the break, came thanks to a stroke of luck - Ian Goodison and Owain Fon Williams caught in two minds, Matt cutting between the two to steal the ball and slot into an empty net.

“You’ll take a goal, however they come,” Matt said. “It was a lucky break but you need to take them when they come.”

If the first was opportunist, Matt’s second was a moment of individual brilliance, a chip over Ash Taylor, a burst of pace and a low finish past Williams.

Matt insisted confidence from the first strike played a big part. He said:”I probably had a bit of confidence from the first one. I saw the chance, pushed past and calmly took the finish. It was great to score that one.”