Macauley: We need to up our game

Fleetwood Town's first team coach Steve Macauley.
Fleetwood Town's first team coach Steve Macauley.
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MUST do better, that’s the verdict from first team coach Steve Macauley as Fleetwood Town prepared for tonight’s friendly at Chester City.

The Cod Army twice blew a two-goal lead in their 3-3 draw with Tranmere Rovers, setting off alarm bells for the backroom team, two weeks’ ahead of their first ever Football League campaign.

Macauley insisted there was plenty of work to be done.

He said: “If we have to score four goals at home to get a victory then we have work to do.

“For the spectator on a sunny afternoon, maybe six goals was nice, but we’d like to see a tight 1-0.

“It’s so disappointing that we turn off, we conceded one very soon after scoring which is a crucial time.

“The lads have got to do better and we really can’t afford defensive mistakes like that because they were gifts really, and with gifts like that we’re not going to be a successful team.

“It’s a priority are for us.

“We want to get a good solid base from the back and certainly stop conceding goals.

“We’re always the sort of side who look like we’re going to score, so if we can get our ship in order on that side then I think we’ll do well.”

In contrast to last year’s barren pre-season, Town have scored eight goals in three games and Macauley is happy with the clubs attacking options.

He said: “David Ball looked a real handful, he looks a really quality addition, as does Jon Parkin.

“He’s a slightly different kettle of fish.

“He got 90 minutes under his belt, faded at the end, but he gives you a really good presence, and occasionally just surprises you.

“You think he’s this big guy who’s just a target man and then he comes alive and gets a shot off, and he’s going to score goals.”

Ball, a summer signing from Peterborough United, was withdrawn after just 15 minutes, but Macauley insisted the change was merely a precaution.

He said: “We didn’t want to take any chances.”