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Alex Lawless completed 90 minutes in a Fleet shirt for the first time and it helped result in only the second win at the Kuflink Stadium in 2019/20.

And the 34-year-old from South Wales helped his side to condemn the team from North Wales to the bottom of the league with a performance he says was more composed than of late.

“There’s been many times this season where we’ve conceded late and even last week at Stockport,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “These are the type of things that grind on you as a player, they hurt, you want to put them right.

“I think we looked a lot more composed in the last five or 10 minutes and there was a determination that we weren’t going to slip up today.  So all we’re doing is trying to make the steps to put [the late goals] right and I think today showed we are taking note of what we haven’t probably done especially when we’re in front.”

It’s been a frustrating season with injury thus far for the former Leyton Orient and Luton Town National League winner but Lawless is just glad he can contribute again as Fleet seek to pull away from the bottom of the table.

“Personally I’m delighted to be playing,” he said. “I just want to help the lads out but the main thing was we won the game and we did.

“There’s no shadow of a doubt what I want to do and that’s playing and helping the team like today. If there’s any way I can help, I want to do that, physically, mentally, just bring some experience. Whatever it is, I just want to help the lads because this is a good group and we’re determined to get ourselves out of it which I think you can see today.

“Any player at my stage of  my career, I love the game, I’m analysing it all the time. You listen to the staff and manager and you even listen to the players and there has been time to analyse and come and help out but sometimes it doesn’t go to plan and I’m just glad it did today.”

Lawless also praised Myles Weston’s winning goal but he said the steel ran right through the team, with Jack King leading by example in shutting Wrexham out in the second half.

“I do my bit, the other players do their bit,” he said. “We’ve got subs coming on who are doing their bit, you’ve got the skipper in the back winning headers against their skipper. There’s big moments like that that give everyone a lift and it’s not about one player, it’s about so many players contributing at the right moment.

“Credit to Westy, he’s got the winning goal at home, I couldn’t be happier. It was thoroughly deserved for the way he’s conducted himself this season so I’m delighted for him and delighted for the team.”

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