Date: 16th July 2015 at 6:37pm
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It took a first half penalty to decide the game in our pre season friendly over Borussia Dortmund B last night.

It was actually the second penalty award they won in the game, but having missed the first – saved by Chris Maxwell – the side didn’t repeat the mistake at the second time of asking but it should very much like one of those games as Jamille Matt has more than a good shout for a penalty of his own but saw it waved away by the referee.

For a full match report please click here.

The Borussia Dortmund side contained three players that had been on their first team trip to Asia earlier in the summer and we had a mix of seniors and youngsters in the ranks so it was a good run out for us and we certainly didn’t do ourselves any harm against our opposition.

Fleetwood:

Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Jonsson, Bell, Ryan, Sarcevic, Deacon, Trialist, McManus, Matt.

Subs:

Moore, Forbes, Jordan, Andrew, Cartwright, Sanogo, Wright, Haughton, Sowerby.

Substitutes were introduced just after the hour mark, and only Maxwell, Pond and the unnamed trialist finished the 90 minutes.

Speaking to the Official Site manager Graham Alexander said of the run out.

‘It was a very good work out against a decent team. We played very well in the first half especially and we created four great opportunities. We should have scored but the build-up play and the creation of those chances is what pleased us. The lads` work rate was excellent on a hot day and Dortmund moved the ball very well. We had to be disciplined in our play and we stuck to the task very well. We showed our physical strength.’

He went on to say that he wasn’t going to get bogged down with the penalty decisions as obviously results aren’t important at this time of year, but he planned on making changes on the 65 minute mark to give most players a good hour under their belt and then get some more minutes into the others.

‘We made changes after 65 minutes, which we planned to do, and brought on practically a brand new team. I thought those lads did well too and they worked hard in a different formation. There are a lot of pleasing aspects from the game. I don`t want to get too much into the result. It is mainly about the workload the players put into the game and the tactical side. I thought we did all of those things really well.’

With two penalties against us and a cast iron penalty ignored, Alexander did comment though that he was pleased with the mentality of the side as being one of those days they could’e lost their discipline, but they didn’t and they stuck with it.

‘We saw some really good performances and some of the youngsters showed some real promise. We are looking for a progression from each game in pre-season and our performance certainly showed that.’

30 year old Nathan Pond, our longest serving player going back to non league days, captained the side for the game and he admitted he’s loving pre season life again now having penned a new deal over the summer.

‘It is good to get back playing after a lot of training and running. It was great to captain the side against Dortmund. It was a bonus in my eyes and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was surreal when we were approaching the stadium and seeing kids in Dortmund kits. I know it wasn`t the first team we came up against but they had some very talented players. It was a good test overall and we will learn from the game.’

Pond went on to say he felt the overall performance from the side was ‘superb’ but he knows for the first penalty award he should’ve stayed on his feet so he held his hands up to that mistake and thanked Maxwell for saving his blushes.

‘I thought we should have had a penalty too but other than that I thought it was a very organised. I thought we created the most chances but unfortunately we didn`t hit the back of the net. Overall it was a positive day.’

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