Date: 31st December 2015 at 5:45pm
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Fleetwood only managed a point from the Christmas period, drawing with Shrewsbury on Boxing Day then losing to Wigan on Monday.

Looking at the one-one draw with Shrewsbury at Greenhous Meadow on Boxing Day first of all Steven Pressley bemoaned the fact the Cod Army weren’t (once again) clinical enough in that game, telling the Official Website

‘I sound like I’m saying the same thing every time, but we’ve had four one on ones today and weren’t clinical enough. We didn’t pass the ball with enough aggression in the first half, but the conditions didn’t make that possible at times.’

Pressley was much happier with the second half, which was ‘more positive’ with him happy that he got the ‘response’ he asked for but he knows these are the games Fleetwood need to be winning.

Jordan Clark had deflected former player Liam McAlinden’s effort in to put Shrewsbury ahead but Ash Hunter came off the bench to score with his first touch late on to earn the point, which is what it looked like it could have been against Wigan on Monday too.

Fleetwood came back from a goal down, when Andy Kellett scored to draw level through and Antoni Sarcevic penalty midway through the second half but late goals from Jordy Hiwula and Michael Jacobs saw the Latic run out three-one winners at the Highbury Stadium in the end.

Talking about this game to the Official Website Pressley said he couldn’t really fault his players as the ‘application and effort’ was ‘terrific’ but once more some opportunities weren’t taken and that proved costly.

‘It was a game between two very competitive teams. Both teams worked exceptionally hard and Wigan had the greater share of the first half. The roles reversed in the second half though, and after getting ourselves back in the game I thought we were the team who were going to go on and win. I’ve got no complaints with the players’ application and effort today because it was terrific, but we just probably didn’t take advantage of several opportunities.’

He went on to comment on the experience and quality that Wigan have and how he was impressed by how his side equipped themselves against this with problems being caused in the first half addressed in the second when Fleetwood looked a ‘more potent threat.’

The boss finished by saying he was ‘disappointed’ some chances weren’t capitalised on though with ‘lessons learned’ from the game.

‘I’m disappointed we didn’t manage to capitalise on that, but there’s lots of lessons to be learned from this afternoon.’


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