FLEETWOOD Town keeper Scott Davies believes a return to fitness for one of the club’s injured strikers can be as good as a new signing.
Town are currently without the services of Steve Gillespie, Andy Mangan and Jon Parkin – a problem which led manager Micky Mellon to recall Alex Titchiner from his loan spell at Halifax Town last week.
Fleetwood were unable to add to their numbers before the loan window closed, but Davies believes the return of Parkin or Gillespie, who is likely to be fit first, could be the tonic.
The Town no.1 said: “We’ve got to start scoring goals, and start scoring goals quickly.
“We have a lot of people out through injury right now.
“It was disappointing not to see anyone come in before the trip to Dagenham.
“We have three great strikers at the club who are injured, and to get one of those back for the next league game would be like a new signing for us.”
That next League Two match is on Saturday week, when Micky Mellon’s men entertain in-form Southend United.
Before that there is the small matter of the FA Cup – Aldershot Town the visitors to Highbury on Saturday.
And with a place in the third round and a possible draw against Premier League opposition at stake, Davies insists there’s no sign of the pressure lifting against a Shots side Fleetwood have already beaten 4-1 in the league.
He added: “It is a chance to get away from league action. In that respect it’s a distraction but that doesn’t mean the pressure is off.
“Getting through to the third round would be great for the fans and for the players, and is also a big chance for the club to make some money.
“It’s a special chance for us as players because you could find yourselves being tested against the very best.
“You want to see if you are capable of playing at their level and everybody wants to get there.
“With us playing at home, against a team we’ve already beaten, everybody will be expecting us to win and to get through to the third round.
“You know you’re not going to lose points if you don’t win, but that doesn’t mean the pressure isn’t there.
“We still want to win because we all know what the competition means.”
Defeat at Dagenham on Saturday was a bitter blow for Fleetwood, coming just four days after they lost at home to Accrington Stanley.
But Davies, booked in the final minute at against the Daggers for protesting a penalty decision against Youl Mawene which led to the winner, believes Fleetwood can bounce back.
He said: “We have to fight for each other and you find out who the big characters are.
“We have to stick together and the results will come. You don’t become a bad team overnight.”