George Dobson reckons that Fleetwood’s time wasting was fair enough and we have run the clock down ourselves at times this season. “Listen, we’ve done the same thing,” said Dobson. “Obviously, when we scored the early goal at Oxford, we tried frustrate them after that and we were able to see it out. Especially when it gets down to these last ten or 11 games, the points are so massive and teams are going to frustrate. So, you can’t get frustrated at yourself as a team. You’ve got to just keep going and keep doing your stuff, and obviously it paid off for us in the end. We weren’t brilliant, but then when you’re not brilliant but you’re still getting results, that’s a positive. It was similar on Saturday in terms of Bristol (Rovers) sitting behind the ball too. With Fleetwood getting the early goal, it meant they had something to hold on to. So that was always going to be a frustration. We probably could have been more patient at times, but in the end, our patience did pay off.”
“You just can’t get involved with the referees,” said Dobson. “I think that’s what we did really well on Saturday. The referee in that game was obviously what he was, but we didn’t let that affect us. Obviously, Bristol let that affect them with the red card, and that’s when we showed our patience to get the result. Different tests keep coming and we’ve just got to keep trying to pass them. I think that probably sums us up at the minute. The never-say-die attitude and the will to just keep going and going. Fleetwood came at us, and the first ten minutes were nowhere near good enough - we didn’t start the game well enough and then they just came and frustrated us. They got the goal, then sat behind the ball and time-wasted ridiculously. But it was a massive point. We would want to win, but in the context of where we were with ten minutes to go, it keeps the momentum going, going into another massive game at the weekend. All the boys are buzzing, on a massive high, so we’ve got to take that to the weekend and hopefully start better.”
In other news, Joel Lynch featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Carlisle United at the Academy of Light on Wednesday. We won 5-2, with goals from Kyle Lafferty, Antoine Semenyo, Josh Scowen, Will Grigg and Benji Kimpioka.