PHIL PARKINSON POST FLEETWOOD TOWN


Phil Parkinson was delighted to see Max Power’s late, late equaliser after the Fleetwood spent the entire match running down the clock. “You always wonder whether the referee is going to be fair with the time he adds on,” said Parkinson. “There was at least six minutes. I asked for ten, I’d probably have settled for eight. They (the Fleetwood bench) were going mad when he gave six, but I was a bit disappointed. Joking aside, if a team comes and does that, you’ve got to make sure that time is added on at the end. He did that. I was frustrated with what they were doing, but in football you do whatever it takes to win. That’s what they did. It’s a dog-eat-dog industry we’re in and you’ve got to do what it takes to win. Getting the goal intensified the way they set out to do things, but not allowing the frustration to get to us was key and I think in the main we kept moving the ball quickly and trying to do the right things.”


“We got there in the end,” added Parkinson. “It took a long time and I was disappointed with the start, I've got to be honest with you. I thought we were lackadaisical for the first ten minutes and gave a team who came with a clear game-plan the opportunity to implement that in terms of taking the sting out of the game, time wasting and getting behind the ball. It took us a while to get into our stride, but then we started stepping in with the ball, being a bit more progressive in our play. The second half was just about being patient again and trying to do the right things. We changed the shape to try and get back in it, and eventually we got a goal from our captain. You need your big players to step up when it matters most. I’m delighted to get the point, although I'm disappointed with the start and we will have a good look at that in the next couple of days, and come out stronger against Coventry.”


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