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League Two

Alexander hails spirit

13 February 2013

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander was all praise for his team's desire as they won 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium to complete a double over Oxford United.

Goals in each half by Ryan Crowther and Junior Brown made it four games unbeaten for the Cod Army, who had thrashed the U's 3-0 at Highbury Stadium less than three weeks ago.

Alexander said: "Our lads showed so much heart and so much energy. Our first goal was fantastic play and a great finish by Ryan Crowther.

"We know we're hard to beat and so when we score we fancy ourselves. The second goal was not pretty but it was a fantastic run by Junior (Brown) who showed real intent and deserved it.

"It was a committed performance with a lot of hard work, I was pleased with what our lads showed."

Crowther suffered concussion in a clash and did not come out for the second half. Alexander said: "They've taken Ryan to hospital to check on him. It was a shame because when he came off we lost one of our main attacking threats."

Oxford have failed to win in five games now and are on a slide. U's boss Chris Wilder said: "It was a difficult evening for us.

"Their two goals have come from two throws where we've switched off. We're hurting because we've missed chances times when we've gone clean through and not scored.

"It's plain and obvious to see that a few of the boys are lacking a bit of confidence, and are not prepared to do the things they were prepared to do when things were going better.

"We've got to find a way to change that. In training they are looking great, but they are not reproducing it when it matters."

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