Alexander will not get carried away

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GRAHAM Alexander was refusing to get carried away as Fleetwood Town surged back into the play-off positions.

Goals from Ryan Crowther and Junior Brown helped a patched-up Town side claim a second away victory in four days at Oxford United and climb four places to fourth in League Two.

But the Fleetwood manager isn’t one to look at league tables – keeping his feet, and those of his players, fixed to the ground.

“It’s another three points on our tally,” said Alexander. “I haven’t looked at the league, I’m sure someone will tell me where we are but I’m just looking at the points tally. We just want to put points on the board.

“Coming into the final weeks we are in a very good position, but we haven’t done anything yet and if we take our foot off the pedal we’ll soon find ourselves out of the play-offs.

“The players are showing they want to be successful but we have to take it one step at a time.”

Alexander was under no illusion before kick-off about the test Town faced.

But he insisted his side deserved recognition for their battling display.

He said: “We knew we were going to be under threat, that they would test us and they certainly did.

“But the lads showed so much heart and showed what they wanted to achieve.

“They showed so much courage, it was fantastic to see.

“It wasn’t the perfect away performance but it was a really good one.”

Crowther’s opener – his second league goal, both against Oxford United – set Fleetwood on the way to victory.

“The first goal was fantastic play. It was a great finish as well,” said Alexander.

“We know if we are hard to beat we’ve got goals in us as well and that was proved today.

“The second goal wasn’t the prettiest. But Dean (Howell) did exceptionally well to head it back across goal and Junior (Brown) has put in a run with real intent. He’s meant it and deserved his goal.

“There were a lot of hard-working and committed performances. I was pleased with what the lads showed today.”

And there was recognition for the new faces in the side, covering for injured colleagues.

Alexander said: “Jean-Michel Fontaine (pictured below), making his first start, worked his socks off. David Ball has been out for a few weeks and he did the same.

“We’ve got a lot of lads who aren’t 100 per cent match fit, so to get through that – particularly on that pitch, which wasn’t the best – shows the drive and determination among the players right now.”

The latest addition to Town’s injury list could be goal hero Crowther.

He didn’t reappear after the break, having taken a blow to the head.

Alexander revealed he had been taken to hospital following the clash.

“Ryan is a little bit concussed,” he said. “That’s why we’ve taken him off, and he’s just gone off to hospital to be checked over. We’ve been told by the medical staff here just to make sure.

“It was a shame because he scored a great goal, and when he came off we lost one of our threats down one side.

“I thought Ryan coming off gave a bit of momentum to Oxford in that second half and forced us maybe to defend that little bit more.”

Fleetwood go into Saturday’s Highbury encounter with Burton Albion just two points behind third-placed Cheltenham Town and Alexander’s men still have a game in hand over the Robins.