Pressley quick to spot Town’s shortage of pace

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Fleetwood Town boss Steven Pressley believes he has two special players in Nick Haughton and Bobby Grant – but needs pace in his squad to get the best out of them.

The Scot has had a full week to assess his players ahead of this afternoon’s home clash with League One pace-setters Burton Albion.

And he’s quickly identified where Town have strengths and where improvement is quickly needed.

Pressley said: “I’m happy with the group, although I think I’ve identified a few things we’re lacking.

“I think we’re certainly short of a little bit of speed just now. That’s something that over the course of time we’ll have to look at.”

The Town boss has laid out his vision for the future at Highbury, looking to employ a counter-attacking style with a flexible 4-3-3 system.

Within that he’s looking for flair players to make a difference.

“Counter-attacking football is very exciting football to watch but you do need speed in your side in order to play that way,” said Pressley.

“That is an area moving forward we need to improve.

“We’ve got some very special players. Bobby Grant is a player who can make a difference. You’ve also got young Nick Haughton, who can make the difference.

“But they need to play alongside quick players because they are players who can make the difference with passes, with little moments.

“But they need runners and that’s something we need in the club.”

Pressley has always liked his teams to close down their opponents quickly.

But following his sacking by Coventry in February, he went on the road, researching the best way to set up his sides in the future.

And he believes he’s hit on the perfect formula for Fleetwood.

Pressley explained: “With the system we play, a high- pressure system, you need players with a very high work ethic.

“At times, trying to find the players who make the difference in games and also have the high work ethic is difficult.

“It’s finding the balance in football between very hard- working players and players who can win you the game.

“I looked at a lot of clubs and how they operated.

“I wanted to maintain some of the fundamentals but also come up with a system that made use of the special players.”

Town face second-placed Burton this afternoon looking for their first win in eight League One games.

Town have lost their last six and risk slipping to the foot of the table should they not take the points this afternoon.

Only goal difference is currently keeping Pressley’s side ahead of bottom club Crewe Alexandra.