Pressley sure derby clash is going to decide Town’s season

Fleetwood Town's Wes Burns denied twice by Millwall's Jordan Archer in the final minutes
Fleetwood Town's Wes Burns denied twice by Millwall's Jordan Archer in the final minutes
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Fleetwood Town boss Steven Pressley says Town must go for the jugular in the big derby with Blackpool on Saturday after losing 1-0 at Millwall last night.

Town missed a number of chances and controversially were not awarded a penalty after Jimmy Ryan was seemingly chopped down by Mark Beevers in the box.

The play-off chasing Lions were ruthless and made Town pay for their missed opportunities as Steve Morison popped up with a sweet chip in the 53rd minute.

But due to Shrewsbury’s defeat against Sheffield United, Doncaster’s draw at Chesterfield and Blackpool not kicking a ball in anger, Town hang on to 19th-place in the League One table.

Pressley said: “One thing I said to the players last night was with respect to the other results, you could say we dodged a bullet and it remains in our own hands.

“And while it remains in our own hands, we have to take care of business.

“But the moment that changes we are in trouble.

“And that is why this weekend will be so important because it is a game were for either side the opportunity to remain in the league will be certainly in one of the teams hands – and we have to make sure it is in ours.

“We have to be more clinical we cannot miss the chances we did tonight.

“Now it is going to come down to a very big game at the weekend against Blackpool.

“It is a massive game.

“It is going to be a near sell-out at home and it is a game that we have to win, there is no doubt about it – for both clubs.

“The one thing I know is that we will be ready but we need to be more clinical.”

After watching his side waste chances yet again, the Fleetwood boss says it feels like Groundhog Day.

He said: “I think the game itself encapsulates our whole season. We have dominated, we have had chance after chance, missed chances and then one moment goal and it cost us the game.

“It really is Groundhog Day.

“It is difficult for me to sit here and say the same things.

“But again if you are to look over the last 25 games, statistically we are so far ahead of teams – but games are not decided statistically.

“They are decided by the important moments in the box, and unfortunately we missed those moments tonight and Millwall were clinical with possibly their one and only chance of the game.”