Boss: No fear of change

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Graham Alexander has faith in Fleetwood’s strength in depth, hinting he will ring the changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup clash.

Fleetwood, dumped out at the first hurdle by Nottingham Forest last year, travel to their near neighbours Notts County for tonight’s 7.45pm first-round tie, with the Town boss looking for an upset against the League One club.

And, with a long trip to Plymouth to follow on Saturday, Alexander may make changes to his new-look side.

The Town boss told The Gazette ahead of the visit to Meadow Lane: “We need to make use of the squad.

“We may have only just started the season but it’s a long campaign.

“We’re travelling down to Plymouth at the back end of the week and we’ll have that in our minds.

“But if we do make any changes, I’ve got confidence in the team.

“I know we can make those changes without any adverse impact.”

Town opened their League Two account for the season at the weekend with a 3-1 home victory over Dagenham and Redbridge.

And Alexander is keen to see a repeat of that performance in the Midlands tonight.

He said: “The performance is what we’re looking for. We need to keep up the level we have set.

“We’re not saying we’re there yet. There are improvements we know we can make.

“But if you can get that consistency of performance the results will come.”

Jamille Matt, Matty Blair and Stewart Murdoch may all feature tonight and Jon Parkin may also be available having sat out Saturday’s win with an injury.

League Two club Bradford City made it all the way to the final of the competition last season, but Alexander knows it’s too early to start dreaming of Wembley.

He said: “You look at Bradford, at what they achieved last year. They beat teams from two or three levels above them.

“It shows what you can do when you’ve got that confidence in yourselves.

“You need to take it one game at a time and we won’t be thinking beyond the task at hand.”

Town will be underdogs going into tonight’s clash, a position which suits Alexander.

“We went all the way to the semi-finals when I was at Burnley,” he said.

“In every round we were the underdogs.

“We beat Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal and took Spurs all the way.

“We went into every game confident we could come out with a result.”

Alexander is wary of tonight’s opposition, County having lost 2-1 to Sheffield United on the opening day of their own campaign.

But Alexander is under no illusions, insisting it will be a tough encounter.

“They lost on Saturday,” he said. “But they played for a long time with 10 men and only conceded from a set-piece.

“It will be tough but I believe we have the quality to go there and win.”

And Alexander is hoping it will be an exciting night for the travelling Cod Army.

“It’s a great old ground, a club with real tradition and history.

“It’s a game I’m really looking forward to and it should be a real contest.”

County manager Chris Kiwomya says he will rotate his squad, so Enoch Showunmi could feature after scoring against the Blades as a substitute on Saturday.

Notts County are without Gary Liddle, who begins a three-match ban following his red card at the weekend.

Kiwomya’sside have lost their last two League Cup ties against League Two opposition.