Daryl McMahon was quite happy to accept the point that Andy Drury earned the Fleet late on but said it was a wake-up call defensively for his side.
“I don’t think we performed anywhere near our levels today for sure,” McMahon told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “I thought Fylde were excellent, especially in the first half. They moved the ball well and created some good chances. If I’m being brutally honest, we were lucky to be just one behind them. I thought second-half we were a lot better, we took the game to them better.
“It’s a wake-up call in the sense of the defensive organisation that we’ve got to get better at. But we’ve shown we can score goals and compete and we’re a good side as well. We’ll evolve this season, we’ve been out of this level for four years and we’re a team that’s evolving, we look OK. We played against a very good side today. ”
And the Fleet boss was delighted to preserve his side’s unbeaten run in 2017, declaring that their character and spirit once again retrieved a situation that had looked dead and buried.
“The saving grace of the game is we showed terrific character, terrific spirit,” he said. “We know we can score goals but defensively today, losing your captain and your organiser and leader this week hasn’t helped. Every time he doesn’t play we concede two goals but it’s something we’ve got to rectify quickly in this division because you give teams two-goal head starts and you can’t keep on coming back from stuff like that so we need to be better defensively.”
McMahon explained his tactical switch, leaving Darren McQueen on the bench, as he hoped to stifle Fylde’s build-up play. “Because of how they play out, it was just to lock them in a little bit more,” he explained. “And knowing that we can go with Darren as well, with them having a long trip yesterday, late on in the game with his electric pace coming on, I thought it could have affected the game.
“We had to change it, we were a goal behind and we had to get into the game obviously. We know how good he is, he got in a couple of times and was unlucky not to finish one off. But it was a fantastic release from Jukesy off his left foot. We had a good run at the start of the second half and I fancied them to be honest.”
It’s Fleet’s fifth point of the campaign and the boss doesn’t want people to get carried away this early, saying his side are more than competent at this level, but still a work in progress. “There’s loads to work on, it’s August. I think people get carried away thinking that we’ve had a point and a win, that we’re just going to win every game. It’s stupid, we’re in a tough division with lots of good sides and we’re going to try and compete which we are at the minute.”