Roberts targets festive haul

Roberts - pointing the way
Roberts - pointing the way
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Skipper Mark Roberts is looking to kick-start a bumper Christmas haul for Fleetwood Town when they visit Coventry City on Saturday

The former Crewe and Stevenage defender has found himself back in favour at Highbury in recent weeks, an injury to Nathan Pond allowing him the chance to win back his centre half berth.

And the experienced campaigner knows a strong run over the festive period can set a team up perfectly for a push to the finish line - even if it does mean a sacrifice or two along the way.

“In many ways it’s one of the parts of the season you look forward to.” he told The gazette

“Lots of games and lots of opportunities to get points.

“You know if you do have a good Christmas it’s common to really kick on in the new year and you’re on the homeward stretch.

Town go into Saturday’s game at the Ricoh Arena in 11th spot, well in touch with the play-off pack.

Roberts is far from disappointed with Fleetwood’s start to the season but insists nothing is decided in December.

“You know nothing’s sorted out yet,” said Roberts.

“It’s May when it matters.

“This football club always wants to be involved and we still want to be fighting for something come May.”

The 31-year-old missed the start of the season following complications during the club’s summer tour to Austria.

He’s glad to be back in the thick of the action and keen to help Town improve their goals scored tally, the one thing holding them back from a higher league spot.

“Like any player I want to play every game,” said Roberts.

“We’ve got a really strong squad and we’ve shown that.

“There have been times when we’ve not had so many options, when the gaffer hasn’t had so many to pick from, but we’ve got quality to come in.

“We’re fighting for shirts, there’s still that competition there. We attack and defend as a team and we’re all involved, not just the strikers.

“We need to improve as much as we can and hopefully the goals will start flowing.”

Town’s manager has fond memories of watching his home town club, the Sky Blues, win the FA Cup in 1987.

But he made it clear Town’s players won’t be daunted by the opposition or their surroundings, the 32,500 seater Ricoh Arena.

“We worked so hard last year to get promoted,” said Roberts

“We have to treat every game the same.

“Being a club with the history they have it does give the game that little extra edge.

“But we have to concentrate on what we do on the pitch.”