Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler paid tribute to goalkeeper Alex Cairns for his "unbelievable" triple save after Saturday's 1-0 win at Northampton.

Rosler hails Cairns' multiple saves after Fleetwood edge out Northampton

Rosler hails Cairns' multiple saves after Fleetwood edge out Northampton

With the score goalless towards the end of the first half, Cairns denied Aaron Pierre twice and then Billy Waters - all three strikes from close range and within moments of each other.

Substitute Devante Cole then clinically beat David Cornell with a quarter of an hour remaining to seal a second win of the League One season for Fleetwood.

"In the end it was a satisfying day," said Rosler. "The first 10 or 15 minutes was top, we had fresh legs and the way we started was very impressive. I felt a goal was around the corner.

"Then we played their tempo and they were better than us, I have to say. They should have been up in that second phase of the first half but Alex Cairns kept us in the game, it was an unbelievable save - not only one but three times.

"We did some terrible decision-making, but in the second half I felt we did the basics better and Cairns didn't even need to make one save and everybody knows we're good on the counter which showed.

"We looked like scoring in the first 15 minutes but they then looked like scoring and then we were never really in trouble in the second half, and when you have the quality that we do we can always score.

"In general I think we need to be more consistent, we cannot drop to the level of the opposition especially when we had been so good at the beginning, but I'm happy with the players in the second half."

There were contrasting emotions for Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh, who lamented his side's poor finishing after a third successive 1-0 defeat.

He said: "I know it was three saves from one incident but I still feel Billy Waters should have scored before that with a header and when you get those chances you have to be clinical and ruthless and put them in the net.

"People will say it's good saves from the goalkeeper but we shouldn't have allowed them to make those saves and the ball should be in the back of the net. It's come back to haunt us again.

"It's hard to find positives standing here now but when I take the emotion out of it and look at it I'm sure there will be.

"We created a few chances, we should have scored but obviously we haven't and it's three consecutive defeats and no goals. That makes everything tougher and players become more anxious

"We've got to find a way of getting a result and that should have been today, but it slipped through our hands and we've come away with nothing."


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