New Fleetwood boss has week to work wonders

Steven Pressley gives orders from the touchline
Steven Pressley gives orders from the touchline
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New Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley is glad to get a full week on the training ground with his troops as they prepare to face pace-setters Burton Albion on Saturday.

Pressley’s first game in charge of the Highbury club ended in agony, a last-minute Richard Wood own goal ensuring defeat by the narrowest of margins.

Pressley had only had a handful of days to work with Town’s young squad ahead of last Saturday’s clash.

But he’s ready to put the players through their paces at Poolfoot Farm over the coming days, looking to halt a run of five straight League One defeats.

And the former Rangers and Celtic defender made it clear he wants to impose his style of play on the squad as quickly as possible.

“I think when you come in you want to get the team playing as quickly as you can in your desired way,” he said.

“As I’ve said it will take time. We took strides in the right direction on Saturday.

“We nullified a lot of their threat and in the end we were probably unlucky to lose the game in the manner we did.”

Fleetwood were able to put into practice plenty of Pressley’s principles on Saturday.

But the new manager admitted he hadn’t been able to work as closely with everyone in the group as he would have liked.

A second half groin injury took Victor Nirennold out of the game on Saturday, Pressley spotting a change in his side as a result.

“We’ll work very hard again,” he said. “I think the players took on the information very well.

“We had to make a slight change in the second half because of Victor (Nirennold) and we hadn’t really had chance to work with everyone on the sliding of the midfield and of the team.

“We looked a little bit fragmented for a time but we’ll get there.”

The new Fleetwood manager has already made it clear the focus for his early efforts will be on stopping the leaks at the back.

Town have kept just one clean sheet in 14 games – Saturday’s 90th-minute winner for Coventry the latest in a long line of bitter pills.

“Defending was a part we’d worked on and is a part we will work on moving forward,” he said. “We do need to keep more clean sheets.

“I want us to be an exciting team, but the basis of any success has to be on keeping the ball out at the other end.”

Having seen his men perform in a match environment, Pressley has a clearer picture of what is needed to lift Town out of the bottom four.

The Scot’s side sit second bottom, only above Crewe on goal difference.

He said: “You learn a lot about them on the training ground but ultimately it’s out there on the pitch that you are judged.

“We know we have to perform. We have to get momentum.

“We’re in a difficult predicament. But the main thing is that we regroup this week.

“We really need to work hard during the week and perform over the weekend.”