Rob ready for Shrimps

Fleetwood Town captain Rob Atkinson (right) in training with David Ball
Fleetwood Town captain Rob Atkinson (right) in training with David Ball
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THERE will be no rest for
Fleetwood’s players as they shrug off the disappointment of Saturday’s postponement and prepare for the Boxing Day
derby clash with Morecambe.

Defender Rob Atkinson insisted being at work on Christmas Day was all part of the job of a professional as Town prepare for one of the most hotly anticipated games of the season.

He said: “We’re all professionals and we’ve all been in on Christmas Day

“It’s part of our job to come in and train and be ready for the big game against Morecambe on Boxing Day.

“You’ve got to prepare yourself well and give yourself the best chance.”

Fleetwood scored four goals at the Globe Arena back in September as they romped to victory over Jim Bentley’s men.

And Atkinson, who has captained Town in their last two fixtures, knows The Shrimps will be out for revenge.

He said: “There’ll no doubt be a big crowd.

“We’ll go in with a lot of confidence given our last two performances.

“But they will certainly be out for revenge after what happened at their place. So it’ll be a difficult game.

“All we can do is make sure we prepare right and hopefully everything will be fine.”

That work began immediately news of the postponement at the Kassam
Stadium reached the Fleetwood camp.

Boss Graham Alexander hastily
arranged a training session at Stoke City, ensuring the day was not wasted.

Atkinson said: “The manager’s got contacts at Stoke and we’ve been able to blow away the cobwebs and get the legs going again.

“It was a good opportunity to do some extra work on the way back up.

“And we’ll go back in on Monday to prepare for the game on Wednesday.”

Even so, the centre-half couldn’t hide his dismay at the lost match day.

He added: “We travelled down the night before to give ourselves the best chance of taking three points so to find out late on Saturday morning the game wasn’t going ahead was a big disappointment.”