Fleetwood’s Hume targets six wins for promotion

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On-loan frontman Iain Hume has called on Fleetwood Town to win their remaining six games to secure automatic promotion.

The 30-year-old Canada international played a full 90 minutes for Graham Alexander’s men in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Rochdale at Highbury.

And the Preston North End striker believes he’s seen enough quality at Fleetwood to pull off a perfect finish to the campaign.

“People are saying we need Chesterfield to slip up, this that and the other,” said Hume.

“It doesn’t matter. If we win the rest of our games we will go up ... end of. I don’t care what anybody says. Nobody in that top three will win every game.

“If we go out and win them all, we’ll go up.

“That’s how we’ve got to look at it.

We’ve got Oxford next. If we do everything we have done in the last two games, then we’ll get what we deserve.”

Hume knows a number of players at Town from his time at Preston North End, including full-back Conor McLaughlin and old strike partner Jon Parkin.

But in just under a fortnight at Highbury, Hume has seen enough to know there’s quality enough in the squad to put in a perfect finish.

He said: “There’s a lot of players who have come from non-league.

“But they are here on merit. They are here for a reason.

“You’ve got players with experience from the Championship and League One too.

“They’ve been there and done it, and you can see that.

“You see it in training. At what’s not exactly the greatest of facilities, you still see the quality.

“It comes to a game and the lads are playing football regularly, enjoying it, working for each other and there’s a quality there that can bring the results.”

Another thing Hume, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has noted is the hunger for success around the club.

It’s evident in the stands on a matchday but also on the training ground, where Hume insists everyone is working towards a single goal.

“They have witnessed promotion after promotion after promotion here,” he told the Gazette.

“They are used to success. It’s getting harder and harder to bring that success but they want it.

“After last year’s disappointment of not being in the shake-up, it’s made people even more hungry.

“I see it every day in training.

“It’s a good feeling knowing the guy next to you is going to work just as hard as you are.”

It’s been a busy two weeks for Hume, a former team-mate of Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander.

The striker made his move from Deepdale with a desire to play games, but he couldn’t have imagined the amount of football he’d get under his belt.

“I’m ecstatic with how much I’ve played,” said Hume.

“I wasn’t expecting 45 minutes at Exeter, though the result took away all the good feeling of playing.

“But to get 75 minutes in midweek and 90 minutes last Saturday... All I’m lacking now is a goal.”