Festive season no worry for Alexander

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FLEETWOOD Town boss Graham Alexander believes every footballer should love the festive season and the chance to play games in quick succession.

Town play their second home game in four days tomorrow when York City visit Highbury – on the back of Alexander’s first victory as Fleetwood manager.

And the former Preston and Burnley defender couldn’t be happier during the busiest time of the year.

He said: “As a professional, you want to play the games.

“Over Christmas they come thick and fast.

“But I’ve never met a professional who doesn’t want to play in games and we’re no different.”

And Alexander believes the postponement of Town’s game at Oxford last Saturday has given his side an extra boost for the festive programme.

He said: “Missing Saturday against Oxford maybe gave us more of a break before we came into this little period of successive games.

“Hopefully we’ve got energy to burn and we’ll be going again on Saturday when York City come here.”

Fleetwood may be without the services of Barry Nicholson, who limped out of the Boxing Day derby with Morecambe after just 25 minutes.

Alexander is yet to know the extent of the injury.

He said: “I don’t even know what it was with Barry. All you think about in the dug-out is who goes on next and what he does.

“So I don’t know what Barry has done.

“I haven’t had a chance to talk to him properly but we’ll assess things over the next few days.”

One thing Fleetwood’s fans and players are having to get used to is Alexander’s animated style of management – the new boss constantly passing instructions from the technical area.

He explained the message he was trying to pass on in the first half of the Boxing Day derby

“We put out a shape and it was pretty similar to last week’s,” he explained.

“I just thought a few people were still in last week’s mode, they didn’t put into action what we spoke about for this week.

“But it was only little things. It was nothing major, we just needed people to step up and play higher as a midfield and put pressure on Morecambe and we did that second half.”

And the manager is already thinking beyond the Christmas period, to the transfer window, when he will get the chance to begin shaping his own team.

He said: ”I’ve been evaluating every day, every training session and every game.

“There is the fulcrum of a very good squad here, I think we probably need a couple of additions, but not many. We’ve got some good quality.

“I think we do have an abundance of players in certain positions which we probably don’t need.

“Do you hang on to them just in case or do you let them go and enjoy their career somewhere else and I think that might be the case.”

York, who came up to the Football League from the Conference with Fleetwood last season, come to Highbury on the back of a 3-0 loss at Chesterfield on Boxing Day.

l AFC FYLDE are back in home action tomorrow after their Boxing Day win over Kendal when they entertain Stocksbridge Park Steels, the club who produced former Fleetwood and now Leicester City hot-shot Jamie Vardy.

Stocksbridge suffered a 7-0 pounding at the hands of Buxton on Boxing in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

In the North West Counties League Premier Division, AFC Blackpool host Bacup Borough.