Fleetwood out for ‘Spot’ prize

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Graham Alexander is desperate to carry the confidence from victory over Rotherham United into Saturday’s tricky trip to Spotland.

Keith Hill’s Rochdale are among Fleetwood Town’s promotion rivals and Alexander is hoping to see more of the attacking strength which saw Town topple the League One Millers

Town have been more defensively minded in recent weeks, but appeared to find a happy medium after the break on Tuesday night.

It was a welcome sign for the Fleetwood manager, who has been desperate to find the right balance and ultimately more consistent results.

He said: “We know what we’re going to face but the lads are in good mood, good spirits.

“We’ve been defensively solid in the last couple of weeks but we got back to our attacking instincts the other day.

“We’d concentrated on being solid, on defending over the previous two which was good to see, we needed to do that.

“But we need to get that balance right, as I said a week-ago, and I think we did that in the Rotherham game.

It’s been a difficult month for Fleetwood who have too often been caught out late on.

But Alexander believes his players have risen to the challenge.

“We had to confront the problems we’d caused ourselves and we did,” he said.

“We were honest with the players, they took it well and I think they could see it for themselves.

“The response has come on the pitch. We’re still looking to improve, by no means have we cracked it.

“It’s a case of making sure we still learn from little things that have happened in recent weeks, we have to keep our focus.

“We’ve got to make sure we add it all to the balance and add it to our attacking strength, because that’s been one of the biggest things for us.”

Alexander believes Rochdal,e who also beat Rotherham United last week (Dale victors in the FA Cup) will offer an open game – the kind of encounter in which Town have prospered this term.

He said:”They are a good team, they are up at the top in that group. We’re all fighting against each other, there’s a point or two between us all.

“They’ve got good players, they pass it well and they are a threat. They’ll pass the ball.

“They make the pitch big, they’ll move the ball around and play good football.

“They’ll be feeling good about themselves, like we are and it should be a really great game.

“It’s a game we’re desperate to come away from with points, we really want to follow up that win.”

And despite the turmoil up front caused by a string of injuries, Alexander is confident his side have goals in them.

He said:”The lads have worked really hard to create the opportunities we’ve got

“It’s been a little bit fragmented in our attacking play because of the change of personell, losing Jamille (Matt) first and then David Ball.

“But if you look at the midfield they’ve got 20-odd goals between them and that’s a major plus for us.

“If you look at the workrate the other day it was fantastic and they need to repeat that if we are to get anything out of the game.”

Jon Parkin missed out on Tuesday night through injury and is a doubt for tomorrow.

Town have Nathan Tyson and Daniel Carr available up front as well as Emmanuel Dieseruvwe. There are no new injury worries following the win over Rotherham, which saw Town through to the Northern Area Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.