Home form key to Fleetwood’s Wembley quest

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley

Steven Pressley is looking for his Fleetwood Town side to maintain their home form against Morecambe in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern semi-final.

The manager made clear his determination to turn Highbury into a fortress when he took charge in October.

And Town have responded, beating Sheffield United on penalties in the last round of the JPT and scoring seven goals in two games to beat Swindon and Millwall.

Pressley is hoping that form can continue when Morecambe make the short trip south for the 7.45pm kick-off, with a place in the two-legged regional final against Barnsley at stake.

Town boss Pressley said: “We’ve won our last three home games. The cornerstone of any successful team is their home form, so that’s pleasing.

“I said when I came here I wanted to make Highbury a place where teams fear to come and we do that by winning games.

“You can talk about philosophies, but if you win your home games teams won’t want to come to play at your venue.”

Fleetwood have no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s clash.

Pressley last week gave his men three days off to recover – the football side of the club going into total shutdown after the derby at Blackpool.

Physio Luke Bussey, who was a busy man at the start of the campaign, now has time on his hands with an empty treatment room.

The Town boss is expected to name a full- strength side to face the Shrimps.

Any changes are likely to have been influenced by performances at Bloomfield Road ten days ago and in training since Wednesday.

Among those staking a claim for a spot is Nick Haughton, who impressed as a second half substitute against the Seasiders.