Alexander’s back in high sprits

Gareth Evans celebrates scoring

Gareth Evans celebrates scoring

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GRAHAM Alexander hailed the return of his side’s fighting spirit as Fleetwood Town kept their play-off hopes alive with a 2-1 home win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

Town took advantage of the wintry weather which wiped out half of the League Two programme to climb within three points of the top seven.

A third-minute Daggers penalty threatened another dismal afternoon for Town, who had won just one of their previous eight games, but goals by Junior Brown and Gareth Evans proved Alexander’s men aren’t ready to give up on another Highbury promotion.

Alexander was delighted with the response following back-to-back defeats, insisting his side had proved to him they cared. The Town boss said: “You have to stay confident in yourself, even when you’re under the cosh.

“What we were disappointed in wasn’t the lack of confidence.

“You can’t always have 100 per cent confidence but you have to have 100 per cent effort and fight for your shirt. That was what we were lacking at Barnet on Tuesday.

“Today we showed we cared and that was the most pleasing thing for me to see.” Medy Elito’s penalty was awarded for handball against Shaun Beeley.