Places up for grabs at Town

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Manager Graham Alexander says his first-choice starting XI for Fleetwood Town’s League One opener against Crewe a week tomorrow is far from finalised.

And he doesn’t plan to use tomorrow’s final pre-season friendly against Partick Thistle to field the side he expects to turn out against the Alex seven days later.

Alexander told The Gazette: “There are still things to be finalised and there are definitely places up for grabs.

“We probably have six or seven in our heads who we think might start against Crewe, but there are others who can still force their way in.”

Tomorrow’s game is Town’s second in a week against Scottish Premier League opposition, following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and is their only pre-season match at home.

But as Alexander revealed to The Gazette earlier this week, injuries have hit his planning for tomorrow’s match.

He added ;“The idea was to look at different ways of playing in the two games against the Scottish sides and so we decided to start with two slightly different teams.

“But we have got a few niggling injuries, so there may be a couple of changes to the team we had intended to play against Partick.

“We certainly won’t take any risks with players carrying knocks, not with the season only a week away.”

With the fitness work now done, everything is gearing up to the League One opener against the Railwaymen.

And with the core of last season’s squad very much intact, Alexander hopes the momentum from May’s Wembley triumph will help Town start positively as they adjust to a new level.

“I don’t think we can ever forget Wembley but what we did last season won’t win us any points this time,” he said.

“But it doesn’t mean the team has confidence because they know they are good players who can win big games.

“We’re also really looking forward to having a game at Highbury tomorrow.

“We’ve played all our pre-season matches away from home so far.”

n Town supporters have until 5pm today to purchase 2014-15 season tickets at the reduced rate.

The discount offer was extended by three weeks and the club has reported a pleasing response, with sales already up on last season by 25 per cent.