Schuey: It’s never been better for Fleetwood Town

Steven Schumacher
Steven Schumacher

Steven Schumacher insists Fleetwood Town fans have never had it so good, despite Graham Alexander’s men having to settle for the nerve-wracking play-offs.

Town are guaranteed fourth place in League Two, their highest ever finish in the football pyramid.

And they have a chance to seal promotion to League One, with all eyes on a potential Wembley showdown on May 26.

“It’s still in our hands,” said Schumacher, who scored Town’s opener in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Southend United.

“We can’t be too down about it. Fleetwood have never been this high up in the league come the end of a season. I don’t think that’s right for us to be down.

“We need to be positive going into the play-offs and go in believing we can win them.”

A 2-0 win for Chesterfield at Burton on Sunday closed the door on automatic promotion for Town.

But Schumacher insists his Highbury team-mates should be far from down over the way their season has panned out.

“It’s still a good achievement,” he said. “It will be even better if we go all the way and get promoted.”

But the former Bury skipper, an experienced campaigner in the lower levels of the Football League, understands the feelings of the fans.

He is among the players brought in last summer to deliver promotion for Fleetwood, raising expectations among the Highbury faithful.

He said: “People maybe lose track that this is the club’s best ever season, but that’s the expectation from outside.

“People thought we’d automatically go up but it doesn’t work like that.

“There are bigger teams than us in League Two who have struggled.

“We’re in great shape. We’re doing OK and hopefully we can just finish it off.”

Fleetwood travel to Chesterfield on the final day of the regular season looking to deny the Spireites the League Two title.

But things could have been so different had Burton won on Sunday, leaving Town just two points behind Paul Cook’s men.

Schumacher said: “It would have been nice to go to Chesterfield with something to play for. We wanted Burton to do us a favour.

“They ruined our Christmas do (beating Town 1-0 at the Pirelli Stadium) and they’ve been a horrible team to play against so far. We wanted them to get a result for us.”

Town will undoubtedly want to bag a second win of the season at the Proact, where their last Wembley dream was dashed in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern final.

And Schumacher wants Town to carry on their recent form, beaten just once in the last 12 games.

“We’ve been hard to beat, picking up some good results,” he said.

“We know if we take that attitude into the play-offs we can beat anyone. That’s just how we’ve got to think.”

Fleetwood Town’s guaranteed fourth place finish means the dates of their play-off clashes are now fixed.

Fleetwood are yet to find out who they will face in the semi-finals.

Burton, York and Southend are the other teams in the play-offs, and any of the three could yet finish seventh and so face Town over two legs.

Whoever Town play, the first game will be away at 7.30pm on Saturday May 10.

The second leg will be at Highbury on Friday May 16, kicking off at 7.45pm

Southend and Burton face each other at Roots Hall, when victory for the visitors would secure fifth spot

York travel to promoted Scunthorpe for their final league fixture.