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Fleetwood Town's Graham Alexander rues Jamille Matt miss

12 February 2014

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander rued Jamille Matt's added-time miss as his side were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against struggling Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

The Cod Army were forced to come from behind after Stuart Lewis' spectacular opener for the hosts and managed to rescue a point thanks to Jon Parkin's goal with 14 minutes remaining.

The result keeps Fleetwood sixth, two points behind third-placed Oxford, while it is now nine games without a win for the Chairboys, who sit two points above the relegation zone.

Alexander said: "That's where games are won and lost, in the 18-yard box. It was a great chance - a great ball in by Charlie (Taylor) and Jamille's done great to get to it.

"He did well once he came on and he showed us what we've been missing.

"In the end, he's unlucky but he's in the right place and it would have been a fairytale if he had come back from four months out and scored the winner, but it wasn't to be.

"I don't think there was that much quality on show from either team. I thought it was a bit of a grind, a bit of a battle but I thought we had the better chances and I thought we should have had as penalty.

"I'm not going to come here and say we outplayed Wycombe by any stretch but obviously it was a game we were looking to win."

A dull first half was brought to life with a bang just before the break as a Sam Wood free-kick was headed as far as Lewis, who crashed in a terrific strike from 25 yards.

After Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell denied Max Kretzschmar twice, Parkin equalised when he hooked in Alex Marrow's cross after a corner was not cleared.

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth said: "We played fantastic first half and in the first few seconds Max Kretzschmar's shot from range set the tone.

"Max himself was excellent and with the formation we employed we seemed to win a lot of ball in midfield.

"We could have won the game because Max has had a couple of one-on-ones, a ball for Reece Styche that was just too high and Anthony Stewart nearly scored with a header at the end.

"We definitely would have warranted the three points.

"Before the game I think a few people would have taken a point, but after seeing the game I would have loved to have taken all three and I think we would have deserved that.

"You're going to concede chances and they could have had a penalty as well that in recent weeks probably would have gone against us, but it's small margins that decide things."

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