FLEETWOOD Town keeper Scott Davies believes he couldn’t have two better men in front of him as the club go in search of another clean sheet this afternoon.
Town have conceded in just one game since Graham Alexander took over at the start of December, high-flying Gillingham scoring twice in a hard fought draw at The Priestfield.
And Davies, who made his 100th league appearance for Fleetwood in last Saturday’s draw with York City, puts part of that success down to the manager’s new look back four, which has Rob Atkinson and Alan Goodall at its heart.
Davies said: “If you don’t concede goals it gives you a foundation to build on.
“We’ve been solid at the back and I’m delighted with the clean sheets we’ve been able to pick up.
“As a keeper that’s what you want.”
Atkinson had been on loan at Accrington before Alexander arrived at the club - recalled by former boss Micky Mellon at the end of November to provide cover following the loss, through injury, of Youl Mawene and Steve McNulty.
Alexander made Atkinson his captain for his first game in charge, against Southend United, an honour Atkinson has retained since.
“Rob is a player I rate very highly,” insists Davies.
“He’s come back from loan, where he’s got some games under his belt and he’s been superb.
“It’s great to know, as a keeper, you’ve got someone like that playing in front of you.”
Goodall was another man who had found his chances limited in Town’s first Football League season.
In the Conference he had been Micky Mellon’s first choice left back, a role taken by Dean Howell following his arrival from Crawley Town in the summer.
But Davies believes Goodall has come good in his new role.
He said: “Goody has shown how versatile he is. He looks comfortable out wide and in the centre. We’re working well together and the results show that.”
Alexander has already indicated his faith in Davies and Town’s defence. He said: “Right now the goalkeeper and back four pick themselves. That’s exactly what we want. When you have a steady back four, a consistent back four it bodes well because you have to know what each other are doing.
“At the moment I think they are doing really well.”
Fleetwood will be looking to keep their strong festive form going as they travelled to Sixfields today. Town have taken seven points from a possible nine in the last three matches, including a Boxing Day derby victory over Morecambe and a superb win on New Year’s Day at high-flying Port Vale. Davies knows a good run now can have a big impact on the second half of the season.
He said:”The games come close together. It seems like you’re waking up every day and playing another game. But it’s also the time you build yourself a foundation for the second half of the season.
“That’s precisely what we want to do.”