David Ball believes Fleetwood Town have what it takes to challenge the leading pack in League One ... but they need to start showing it.
The striker made his 100th appearance for Fleetwood in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra.
He was the man who came closest to grabbing a goal for Graham Alexander’s side – a superb fingertip save from Ben Garratt denying the former Manchester City trainee.
A goal for Ball is long overdue in a been a frustrating season.
The 24-year-old looked to be hitting form in October only for a broken leg to bring his season to a crashing halt.
Since his return to action at the end of the year, Ball has come close to finding the net on a number of occasions but, like Fleetwood’s other forwards, has struggled to find the killer touch.
He was as angry as anyone to see Town capitulate at Gresty Road following Nicky Ajose’s opener for the hosts, and he knows he and his team-mates have to dig deep to find consistency.
“I thought for the first 40 minutes or so we bossed it and created some good opportunities,” said Ball. “Their goalkeeper pulled off a few good saves.
“We didn’t really react well enough to going behind and that’s something we’ll look at as a team, individually and collectively.
“We need to come out now and get reactions from one and other.”
A win at the weekend would have taken Fleetwood into the top six.
Instead they stand 11th, but only two points outside the play-off zone and one of a dozen sides competing for the four play-off places.
Fleetwood aren’t the only side lacking consistency but Ball made it clear that has to change.
He said: “As a group we need to find that mentality where we can go on runs and get back-to-back results.
“We’ve certainly got a good enough team, but we need to show our form out on the pitch.”
Fleetwood have scored just 30 goals in 31 League One matches – only bottom club Yeovil have scored fewer.
Manager Graham Alexander is keeping faith with his forward line and now wants them to reward that faith, starting at home to Notts County on Saturday.
The Town boss said: “We all still have that hunger and desire. We want to pick up points and we want to score goals in every game. Sometimes it doesn’t go for you.
“Saturday’s wasn’t a champagne performance but we should have taken something out of the game. We have to be able to do that.”