Pressley bid to keep loan defenders at Fleetwood

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Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley is keen to hang on to centre- half pair Richard Wood and Dionotan Teixeira but admits there’s a potential spanner in the works.

The arrival of Wood and Teixeira, as well as young defender Joe Davis from Leicester, has brought much-needed stability at the back.

Town were unable to strengthen at centre-half in the summer and turned to the loan market after struggling at the start of the campaign.

Wood, on loan from Rotherham, is due to return to his parent club after this weekend’s trip to Barnsley.

Pressley would love to keep the experienced defender longer but know the decision ultimately rests with new Millers boss Neil Redfearn.

The Town boss said: “The Wood situation is one we’re going to have to look at. His loan is up after Barnsley.

“With the change of manager at Rotherham, it’s a concern Neil Redfearn may want to call him back to see him.

“He’s been very good since coming here, not only on the pitch but as an example to our younger players off the pitch.

“We have to wait on that and see how it develops.”

Teixeira, on loan from Stoke, has another fortnight with Town. And Pressley is keen to keep up the consistency in his back line,

“One of the keys, from lessons learned, is stability,” he told The Gazette. “You don’t want too much change in your group. You want to change it gradually if you can.

“The players in the last couple of weeks have begun to understand the principles.

“You don’t want to have to keep going over and over that with new players and new members of staff. You want to keep adding layers to that and continuitity is important.”

The new boss has been working his players hard in the hope of turning round their campaign, but it’s not only the players who are having to learn Pressley’s ways.

For club video analyst Jake Barnes, there’s also a huge amount to learn , with Pressley keen to put his skills to good use.

“My ways are different to Graham Alexander’s when it comes to what I expect from the analyst,” he explained.

“I have to train the analyst to see what I want from the game and look for the detail we work towards. Jake will eventually get to know those aspects. He’ll then deliver a couple of things to me at half-time, things I want so I can liaise with the players. That will take a little bit of time before Jake gets up to speed.

“On matchdays we have Barry (Nicholson), who can feed us information immediately too. These are only small percentages, small gains.

“Winning the game in the end comes down to the players and getting the fundamentals right.”