Town’s dead ball dilemma

Steven Schumacher
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Midfielder Steven Schumacher has made it clear Fleetwood Town must make more of set piece chances as they prepare to face Doncaster Rovers.

Town are yet to take real advantage of dead ball situations this season – the majority of their goals having been scored by the men on the front line.

That’s something former Bury skipper Schumacher insists has to change if Fleetwood are to halt a slump which has seen them win just once in 10 games.

“It’s something we need to look at,” he admitted.

“Josh (Morris) has got some good quality and puts some great balls in.

“I’m putting balls into areas for people to attack.

“We’ve got people who aren’t managing to do the job they are assigned.

“We’re not scoring enough goals from set pieces and in games that are going to be tight they can win you a match.

“We need to get them right.”

Town’s home form is keeping them in the top half of the table – Graham Alexander’s men unbeaten at Highbury since winning promotion to League One.

And Schumacher knows that strength is needed again this weekend ahead of two tough away trips to Milton Keynes and Preston – warning his team-mates not to let complacency creep in.

“It was another disappointing results away from home last week,” he said.

“Once again the performance was OK, probably enough to get a point out of the game.

“We didn’t get it and we need to put it right at home against Doncaster.

“I don’t think I’d call the home form a comfort because we’ve earned our results.

“We’ve played some decent sides and put in some good performances and we’ll need to do that again to get anything out of this one.

“We can’t just turn up because we’re at home, we’ve got to be at our best.”

Despite a daunting run of fixtures in the next eight days, Schumacher isn’t rattled.

Instead he’s relishing a chance to test himself against some of the biggest clubs in the division.

The 30-year-old told The Gazette: “These are the games we wanted to be involved in.

“This is why we worked so hard to get promoted.

“We’ve got arguably three of the biggest sides in the division coming up in the next week.

“It’s one we’re looking forward to.”

“We’ve got to deal with Doncaster first and then move on to the other two.

“But it should be an exciting week and it’s one as a player you make sure you do everything right off the pitch so you’re involved.

“They’re going to be enjoyable if we can get the right results.”