Ryan’s pride in home points

Fleetwood Town's Jamille Matt scores his team's first goal
Fleetwood Town's Jamille Matt scores his team's first goal
Have your say

Jimmy Ryan insists Fleetwood Town have taken two good points from back-to-back home draws with Rochdale and Bradford.

Town were rescued at the death in both games – by Chris Maxwell’s fine penalty save against Dale and by a disallowed goal against the Bantams as both Highbury fixtures ended 1-1.

Ryan, who may or may not have scored Town’s opener against City (depending whether you believe the ball had crossed the line before Jamille Matt got a touch), insists the difference between one point, no points and all three has been negligible.

“On paper you think two draws at home, not the greatest,” he said.

“But if you’re at the games you know how good they’ve been.

“We could have taken six points or we could have lost both games. That’s how tight the margins are.

“We played well first half on Saturday. The lads got on the ball in dangerous areas and the lads up front battered their back four at times.

“We could have got another few goals, but the longer the game goes on you know they are a threat, with the way they boom the ball in.

“We did well to dig in during the second half, and even then we had chances ourselves.

“We could easily have taken a win. It’s just those fine differences.”

Ryan walked away from Saturday’s bruising encounter with the Bantams with an icepack on his left leg – just one of many walking wounded from the clash.

But he likes to think Town gave as good as they got.

“It was a battle,” said the midfielder. It always is against Bradford, we know that.

“They’ve got some big lads – James Hanson and a few others. They are pretty direct.

“You know you’re in for a battle from the start.

“But the lads stood up to it well and I think there were a few of their players coming out with icepacks as well – just as many as us. It’s a well-earned point.”

And he refused to criticise Phil Parkinson’s side for the way they approached the game

“You’ll have a few teams and moments where the game goes physical towards the end. It becomes a bit of a scramble,” said Ryan.

“But you know from the start what you get with Bradford.

“They are good at it. They know what they are doing.”

Conor McLaughlin’s mistake gifted Bradford the equaliser, possession handed over too easily as the Northern Ireland international was caught charging out of position.

Former Town man loan favourite Josh Morris took full advantage, setting up man- mountain Hanson to score.

Ryan knows just how crucial it is to cut out such errors.

He told The Gazette: “One little mistake and you let someone in.

“We were lucky at the end with the disallowed goal.

“It just shows you the tight margins – one little silly free- kick. Things like that change games.”

As for the goal, both Ryan and Jamille Matt can stake a claim.

Only Bradford keeper Ben Williams knows whether or not he had carried the ball over the line before Matt made absolutely sure.

Video evidence suggests the goal may well be Matt’s, his touch clearly coming the right side of the goal-line.

But Ryan admits either way it was something of a fluke.

He said: “I think both of us are claiming it but I don’t know who’s got it.

“It’s one of those lucky goals really. We’re both lucky if either one of us get it. It’s one of those. I didn’t realise it was that windy.

“I clipped it in looking for the back stick and as soon as it’s in the air the wind has taken it. It was like a rocket.

“It surprised me just as much as the keeper. There’s no blame there.

“It just picked up at the last minute and that was lucky for us.”