It’s time to get creative against Mansfield

Matty Blair on the charge at Sixfields last weekend
Matty Blair on the charge at Sixfields last weekend
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Graham Alexander is calling on his Fleetwood Town side to create more chances in front of goal and put last Saturday’s heartbreak behind them.

An injury time winner from Luke Norris saw Town’s four-game winning run come to a crashing halt at Northampton Town.

But Alexander, who still believes his team did not deserve to lose at Sixfields, wants a swift response when Mansfield Town visit Highbury.

“It was a difficult one to take,” admitted the Fleetwood manager.

“We didn’t deserve to lose the game but that’s football.

“I didn’t think the performance warranted that result.

“We probably didn’t create as many chances in front of goal as we had done in recent weeks.

“But defensively we were very strong.

“We need to keep those levels up this weekend and create a few more chances and I know we’ve got that in us.”

Town dropped off the top spot in League Two on the back of that late defeat at Sixfields, but Alexander doesn’t believe it will have had a big impact on confidence.

“It’s tight at the top,” he said.

“But I’ve already said it would be like this for a while.

“The lead has changed a few times.

“We said we wanted to be in there and we have been from the start of the season.

“We can’t take it to heart.

“We can’t be up and down and we go up and down in terms of league position.

“We don’t need to panic we’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing.”

Paul Cox’s Mansfield side could welcome back a number of key players for the trip to Highbury with centre half Martin Riley and playmaker Chris Clements in line for a return.

Former Fleetwood midfielder Jamie McGuire is suspended for the Stags having been sent off at Oxford last weekend.

Fleetwood will be without Jamille Matt and David Ball, both strikers long-term injury concerns but have been strengthened by the addition on loan of Daniel Carr from Huddersfield and Blackpool’s Nathan Tyson.

And Alexander is expecting another typical League Two encounter.

Alexander said: “It will be a competitive game.

“They’ve done well since coming into League Two and they’ve got some good players.

“But we can’t be worrying about that.

“We won’t think about who they may or may not have available.

“We’ll just concentrate on our own game and make sure we get our performance levels right. We want to put last weekend behind us and keep the points coming in.”

• Fleetwood Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area semi final against Rotherham United has been confirmed for Tuesday December 10.

The home tie follows an FA Cup game against Burton Albion on the Saturday.

Kick off will be at 7.45pm