No way Ajose - Town happy with strike force

Nicky Ajose takes on Chris Maxwell
Nicky Ajose takes on Chris Maxwell
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Graham Alexander insists he’ll keep the faith in his strikeforce despite another blank at the weekend in the face of a masterclass in finishing.

Town have scored just 30 goals in 31 League One fixtures and have no player who has scored more than four goals within their ranks.

Crewe’s Nicky Ajose has scored nearly that number in his last four outings, notching eight in 12 appearances for the Railwaymen.

But Alexander insists he wouldn’t trade in any of his current line-up for the on-loan Leeds forward.

“He’s doing great for them but we’ve got good players as well,” said Alexander.

“They are going through a tough patch, no doubt, but I believe a lot in them.

“They are exceptional professionals. They work their socks off all week.

“We’ve just got to keep getting them in the box, keep giving them the opportunities and eventually that hard work and patience will pay off.”

Town were in 11th spot, just two points off sixth spot, before last night’s fixtures and remain in touch with the top six.

But Saturday’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra highlighted just how vulnerable Fleetwood are, particularly given their meagre return in front of goal.

And Alexander, who spend nearly 50 minutes locked in the changing room with his team following the 2-0 reverse at Gresty Road, believes things have to change if Fleetwood are to improve on their current placing.

“We’re in this place for a reason,” he said. “We don’t grind out points, especially on the road and when we haven’t been at our best.

“That’s what we have to add to our game.

“The players have still got the bit between their teeth. They are still desperate to win as many games as possible

“Sometimes it won’t go for you, but what I want to see is that game management, that little bit of nous, being able to say we weren’t great but we took a point and move on to next week.

“That’s what we need to add into our team because the ability and dedication of the players is there for all to see.

“They are good players and they are a good team, but we just need a consistent return of points to make that progress up the table.”

Fleetwood are not alone in their struggle to break out of mid-table.

Inconsistency is a hallmark of a league in which 10 points separate seventh from 20th spot.

But that doesn’t stop Alexander and his players getting frustrated at their inability to go on a run.

He said: “There are probably 10 clubs in there doing the same thing for one reason or another. Whether they are letting too many goals in or not scoring enough.

“All we can do is focus on our players and our team.

“We had a good chat on Saturday and the players have given us their feedback.

“We’ve all got the same ambitions. We’re all going in the same direction and we’re all frustrated.”