Town boss out to win at any cost

Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander

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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander insists he’s looking for effective not attractive football as Town continue their winless run.

Alexander’s men are now eight games without a victory in all competitions – the narrow 1-0 defeat at Peterborough the latest blow to their League One ambitions.

At London Road, Fleetwood created more than half a dozen good chances to score in the first half before being hit on the break seconds before the whistle.

The manager admits he’s got plenty to consider ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Port Vale.

He said: “You can’t look at the team on Saturday and say many of the players had a stinker. But we have to find a way of winning.

“If it means taking someone out who is playing nicely but not being effective, that’s what we have to do.

“We have a strong confidence in the group.

“We think we’ve got players who can win a game. We have just got to find the winning way.”

The month-long slump has seen Town slide from the summit of League One to 11th spot.

It’s a run the manager is desperate to halt, even if it means compromising his football philosophy.

“We’re in a results business,” he said. “We’re a professional football team and they’re professional players.

“I spoke to them after the Peterborough game and said, “What can I do?

“I’m saying the same things in there I’ve said three or four times this season.

“I don’t want to be a team that people say play really nice football but doesn’t pick up wins.

“We have find a way to take advantage of our good play and of the good opportunities we create.

“You can look into all manners of statistics, positive and negative.

“But there’s only one that matters and that’s the points on the board. “We need to find a way to win.”

Peterborough’s ability to shut Fleetwood out once they had grabbed the lead in the dying seconds of the first half was key to their victory at the weekend.

Alexander admits battling back is a whole lot tougher than it was in League Two, and he’s demanding the same quality from his troops.

He said: “The teams we’ve been playing against are all established League One sides. Some of them have been in the Championship.

“As they get into the penalty box, they are more clinical.

“We have to find that because we’re definitely creating enough.

“We’ve got to make sure we find that cutting edge and we want to find it next week.”

Fleetwood have several experienced players closing in on full fitness, including former Blackpool midfielder Keith Southern and wide man Jeff Hughes