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We rode our luck - Alexander

5 October 2013

Graham Alexander was happy to concede his Fleetwood team had ridden their luck at times before completing a clinical 3-1 victory at the Memorial Stadium.

Alexander was referring to a five-minute period in the second half in which John-Joe O'Toole had a header cleared off the line via goalkeeper Scott Davies' face and Ryan Brunt headed against a post.

Rovers had just equalised through O'Toole and were looking the more likely winners. But their chances came and went before Fleetwood grabbed two well-taken goals in the closing stages.

"They had us under the pump for a short spell," admitted Alexander. "That is what this league is like and sometimes there is a very fine line between winning and losing.

"This is always a difficult place to visit and we made some changes to cope with what we expected from Rovers, which worked well.

"We managed to survive their pressure and went on to score two good goals to win the game.

"The lesson was that if we try to see games out we get caught, but if we fire on all cylinders we are a real threat.

"In the end it was a great response from the players to the disappointment of defeat in the previous game and hopefully we can now start on another decent run."

Jamille Matt put Fleetwood in front with a near post flick after 64 minutes and netted again three minutes from time with a right-footed finish from Antoni Sarcevic's square pass.

Veteran substitute Jon Parkin set the seal on Fleetwood's day with a perfectly-struck injury-time volley from a narrow angle, a goal of genuine quality. Another substitute, Gareth Evans, provided the cross.

Rovers had stepped up their game in an exciting second half, equalising after 66 minutes when O'Toole headed home at the far post from Andy Bond's left-wing cross.

On the balance of play the hosts could consider themselves a shade unlucky.

Rovers boss John Ward said: "People can say what they like about my team, but they cannot accuse the players of lacking commitment.

"We bounced back from conceding a goal and with a bit of luck might have taken the lead, which would have been a real lift.

"But all credit to Fleetwood. Their finishing was clinical and in the end that was the difference."

Sarcevic was the class act in the game and forced a brilliant save from Steve Mildenhall with a 62nd-minute shot from 25 yards.

The first half was best forgotten, with Brunt forcing an early save from Davies, but both teams struggled to create clear openings.

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