McAlinden hopes goals will flow

Goalscorer Liam McAlinden

Goalscorer Liam McAlinden

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On-loan striker Liam McAlinden believes a win at Crewe tomorrow would be a sign Fleetwood Town are hitting form at the right time.

Graham Alexander’s men have won three of their last four away outings - the odd one out a defeat against pace-setters Bristol City.

Town travel to Gresty Road on the back of a draw against play-off rivals Peterborough United and Tuesday night’s victory at Barnsley – McAlinden scoring the winner which cost Tykes boss Danny Wilson his job.

We’ve had a good week so far,” said the 21-year-old, who won promotion from League One last season with parent club Wolves.

“We obviously got ourselves back in the game against Peterborough and then went to Barnsley on Tuesday and took all three points after going behind.

“We’re all in good spirits and hoping we can take our form into Saturday and carry on with another good result.

“Peterborough and Barnsley are two teams who are around us, so to go and get points off them was great, but we have to go to Crewe and carry on our good form.

“If we manage to do that then you’re looking at seven points from three games which is the sort of form we think we should be in.”

McAlinden became the first Fleetwood striker to score a goal since November 1 when he tapped home from Nick Haughton’s corner to claim three points at Oakwell.

It was a night when Fleetwood were forced to show their battling side against a physical Barnsley side.

McAlinden knows Fleetwood are in for a very different test against a resurgent Crewe at Gresty Road.

“Crewe are known for playing good football and they’re in a position in the league at the moment where they don’t want to be.

“We’ll still go there and give a professional performance like we do every week, and hopefully we’ll come away with the right result.”

Having finally found the net during his second loan spell at Highbury, McAlinden is now hoping to hit his scoring stride and maybe help kick start the season of those alongside him.

“When I was here earlier in the season I scored two in two games, so I really want to get back into some good form now and help get us up the table.” said the Cannock-born striker.

“David Ball is a very good player, so too is Jamie Proctor at the moment and then you’ve got Stephen Dobbie on the bench as well.

“We’ve got good four lads up front who can all play well together, so it’s just a case of finding nice partnerships between us and the goals will start coming.”

Crewe have won four of their last six in League One, Fleetwood close to that figure with ten points from a possible 18.

But Town will be looking to capitalise on the defensive frailties of Steve Davis’ side, who were beaten 5-0 at home by MK Dons at the end of January.

Town were comfortable 2-1 winners when the sides met on the opening day of the campaign.

Last season they scored four against the Railwaymen to dump them out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.