Pressley expects business as usual

Amari'i Bell in action in Fleetwood's FA Cup defeat last month

Amari'i Bell in action in Fleetwood's FA Cup defeat last month

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Steven Pressley is expecting business as usual as his team prepare to face a Walsall side reeling from the departure of Dean Smith.

The man who masterminded the Saddlers’ rise to the upper echelons of League One departed last week for pastures new – Championship Brentford coming calling.

Experienced manager John Ward is expected to take charge of the West Midlands club tomorrow.

And Pressley made it clear Fleetwood can’t expect an easy ride from a side who are among the division’s pace-setters.

“I don’t think there will be anything different,” said the Fleetwood boss, not at this moment.

“They’ll be consistent with what they’ve done before.

“I think if John (Ward) does get the job, he might want to make changes.

“But while he’s interim boss, it will be a case of more of the same.

“I think in that respect we can expect the same Walsall we’ve seen in the early part of the season.”

Fleetwood faced Walsall barely a month ago – losing 2-0 in an FA Cup first-round encounter at the Bescot.

That was when Smith had them flying. The Saddlers now face a less than certain future, with Ward ruling himself out of the race, while former Doncaster boss Sean O’Driscoll has thrown his hat into the ring.

Pressley’s own side have grown in experience and confidence since that November meeting and Pressley is hopeful of kicking off a cracking Christmas run.

He said: “We’ve got some really important games coming up right now, starting with Walsall at the weekend.

“We performed really well down there in the cup and unfortunately lost the game.

“We need a similar type of performance but a different result

“We’ve won our last four home games and we should take great confidence from that.

“Home games are vital and the building blocks of success.

“We have to make sure we do well at home.”

Town have won three of their last four in all competition – defeat at Blackpool a blot on the copybook.

But that’s not enough for Pressley who is still desperate to drag Fleetwood away from the danger zone.

“I think during my time here we’re still to get that degree of consistency with results,” said the Fleetwood boss.

“We’re certainly getting it now far more in terms of performances.

“Hopefully in time we can start putting a real run of victories together.

“Although we’ve won three of our last four, I want more than that.

“I think some of our recent performances have indicated we can do that.”