Grezza: We’ll stay grounded

Stephen Crainey in action on his debut
Stephen Crainey in action on his debut
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Graham Alexander insists Fleetwood Town will keep their feet on the ground despite a perfect start to their League One campaign.

Jamie Proctor’s second goal in as many League games earned a first away victory in the third tier, Notts County outclassed over 90 minutes at Meadow Lane.

Alexander hailed an outstanding Town performance but knows there are too many games ahead to get carried away.

He said: “I’d take 44 more of those without a doubt. I’d certainly take 44 performances like that.

“Whether we get the results ever time, I don’t know but if we perform like that every time we can hold our own and see where it takes us.

“We’ll keep our feet on the ground. It was a good win and a good start for us but it’s only two games.”

Fleetwood scored on the stroke of half-time, Proctor heading home Josh Morris’ cross in the second minute of stoppage time.

Town had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the opening 45 minutes and Alexander acknowledged their play in the final third could have been better.

He said:“We were probably a little bit careless with our final ball in the final third.

“We played some great football to get into really good positions but needed just a little bit of care on the final ball.

“But the goal was one we deserved and it was a great time to score.

“It was a great goal and we just had to make sure we weathered whatever they threw at us in the second half.”

Shaun Derry’s Magpies only really embarked on a fightback when on-loan Wolves man Zeli Ismael joined the fray. And Alexander put the home side’s struggle to impose themselves on the game down to the professionalism of his own squad.

He said: “I would think Notts County would have wanted to have a go at us from minute one but we stopped them doing that with the tempo we played at, the way we played.

“You always want a goal when you’re on top, you want a reward for your dominance.

“And we know no team dominates for 90 minutes and Notts County would have a spell.

“We saw them out.”

Fleetwood fought a 15 minute rearguard action to keep the home side at bay, every member of the squad pitching in to ensure a happy ending at Meadow Lane.

“That’s what it takes,” said Alexander.

“There’s no secret to success, you have to work hard.

“You can’t carry anybody and we didn’t

“The clean sheet we got wasn’t just down to the back four, it was the whole team.

“One part of the game is stopping your opponent - the other is playing your football.

“We got the balance absolutely right.”

Town achieved their dominance despite playing for 10 men for a long spell in the second half.

Midfielder Gareth Evans was taken away for medical attention, Alexander choosing to play on rather than make a chance.

But he admitted the delay in bringing Evans back to the field had left him nervous.”

“Gareth took his time re-appearing,” Alexander said. “He’s had a couple of stitches in his foot and it took a little bit longer than we expected, than we’d have liked.

“But we wanted to keep the team we had on, on.

“I didn’t want to make a substitution for the sake of five or six minutes.

“To be fair down to 10 men we played it well.

“It was a bit of a risk but one worth taking.”