How the press saw our opening day defeat on the coastThe Sentinel
STEVE Davis was left to rue fine margins as his side suffered an opening day defeat by the seaside.
Davis acknowledged the first goal in such an end-to-end game was always likely to be crucial, and David Ball's 47th-minute opener came just seconds after Crewe had rattled the Fleetwood crossbar for a second time.
A Matt Tootle missed penalty compounded a nightmare start to the second half which saw the homes ide score twice in the opening 10 minutes of the half.
But despite another opening day defeat – Crewe have not won on their season debut at all since 2007 and away from home since 1994 – Davis felt there were some positives to take from an otherwise disappointing trip.
CREWE Alex slipped to an opening day defeat at Fleetwood on Saturday.
The Railwaymen made a good fist of the first half but conceded two quick goals after the restart.
Matt Tootle missed a penalty as they tried to get back in the game, and Brad Inman's goal from the spot in injury time was too little, too late.
So the Alex's search for a first opening day win in eight years – and first on the road for two decades – goes on.
Fleetwood Weekly News
Graham Alexander was left cursing the loss of one striker and praising another after Jamie Proctor’s stunning second-half cameo sealed Fleetwood’s 2-1 victory over Crewe.
Premier League loan ace Stephen Dobbie limped off at half-time at Highbury, having taken a bash in the Alex box.
Dobbie will have an x-ray today and is likely to miss at least two weeks with a heavily swolen and bruised ankle.
He was replaced by former Preston frontman Proctor, whose impact was immediate, setting up one and scoring another in a stunning 10-minute spell after the breakto secure victory in Town’s first ever encounter in League One.