Fleetwood leave it late on left back decision

Tyler Forbes is among Fleetwood's full back options
Tyler Forbes is among Fleetwood's full back options
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is yet to make up his mind on how to handle the absence of left back Stephen Crainey for tomorrow’s trip to Chesterfield.

Fleetwood resume their rivalry with Paul Cook’s Spireites – having twice last season been unhappy guests at a Proact Stadium party.

Chesterfield pipped Fleetwood to a place at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, rubbing it in by lifting the League Two trophy in front of Graham Alexander’s men in May.

The two sides are battling for league position when they meet tomorrow, Chesterfield looking to end a four-game run of defeats, Fleetwood dealing with the suspension of their experienced left-back.

Danny Andrew remains sidelined with a knee injury meaning Alexander will have to shake up his pack.

He’s been boosted by the return of Tyler Forbes, who played for the development squad in midweek.

He could potentially start ar right-back with Conor McLaughlin switching flanks to cover for Crainey, who will also miss Tuesday night’s game against Scunthorpe United.

Alternatively Josh Morris could fill in, necessitating a shake-up in central midfield or Stephen Jordan could move from centre half, Nathan Pond the candidate most likely to take his place.

“Josh played there for 30 minutes or so on Saturday,” said Alexander.

“We’ve played Conor there against Bristol City when Tyler came in at right back.

“We’ve got a couple of options, Stevie Jordan’s played there before.

“We’re having a think and a discussion about it but we’ve not yet come to any conclusion.”

Fleetwood will also have a choice to make on the bench, having secured the signature of Swiss-American goalkeeper Brendan Moore.

Fleetwood Town have completed the signing of Swiss-American goalkeeper Brendan Moore.

Moore, a free agent, has been training with the Club since the turn of the year and was previously playing for North Carolina University.

He turned down opportunities to play in the MLS to link up with the Cod Army and pursue a career in England.

Alexander said: “Brendan’s a very good goalkeeper and he had a couple of offers from teams in the MLS, but he wanted to try his luck in England.

“We had him in on trial and he did very well in training, so we thought it was a good opportunity to bring him in and compete with the other goalkeepers we have here.

“He’s a young goalkeeper with a lot of potential and is very highly thought of in America, so we’re glad to have him on board and we’ll see how he progresses.

Development squad keeper Mason Springthorpe has also put pen to paper on a new deal, keeping him at Highbury to the end of the season.

Both are in contention for tomorrow’s game.