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Alexander hits out at officials

Graham Alexander claimed his Fleetwood side were robbed of two vital points in their goalless draw at Newport County.

Newport striker Rene Howe and his Fleetwood counterpart Antoni Sarcevic missed close-range shots which bobbled up off the poor surface in a game of few chances.

The Cod Army felt they should have had the opportunity to win the game from the penalty spot when Alan Goodall's injury-time header was handled but their appeals were waved away by the officials.

The point kept Fleetwood on course for a play-off place but they missed the chance to close the gap on the top three.

"We've had two points taken away from us," Alexander said.

"I thought our team were fantastic. They defended ever so well against a lot of pressure. But we attacked as well.

"We should have taken the lead in the first half. But we've had a stone-wall penalty turned down in the last minute.

"The officials have even said it has hit his hand, when it is above his head, but they have said it's not deliberate.

"It's a really hard one to swallow because it would have been a great three points for us.

"If your hand is in a position above your head whilst in front of goal then it's a penalty.

"It was two teams going at it for the win but the boys are disappointed the penalty got turned down."