Alexander demands improvement

Graham Alexander

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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander made it clear some players must show him they can do better as he prepares for a showdown with Port Vale.

Alexander was angry at Town’s hour-long no show in last weekend’s defeat at Wigan.

And he wants a vast improvement against the Valiants tomorrow.

“We’ve been disappointed last week with certain aspects I don’t think are acceptable, the Fleetwood boss told The Gazette.

“There are other times this season where we haven’t won but the things we’ve not done well I can understand.

“There were a couple of things last week there was no excuse for so I’ll deal with it.

“I know what I have here.

“I have a really honest group of players, they work ever so hard every day.

“Then need guidance, they need pushing and it’s my job to do that, sometimes in a soft way, sometimes in a hard way.”

Alexander believes he will see a response from his side who took no comfort from their late rally at the DW.

“They were hurting last weekend,” he said.

“But they didn’t realise why.

“We brought them in and showed them and it gives them the clarity, shows them what they could have done better.

“That’s what they’ve got to do.

“The biggest thing is looking at what you’re doing, listening to those around you and that’s what they are doing.

“I didn’t walk into the dressing room on Saturday and see a load of smiling faces because they thought they’d done well, because they played well for 30 minutes.

“They were devastated and that shows me they care.”