Town need clinical touch

Jamie Proctor with a chance against Crawley
Jamie Proctor with a chance against Crawley
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Steven Schumacher insists that good performances count for nothing and Fleetwood Town need to be more clinical as they prepare to face Barnsley tomorrow.

Town’s strong start in League One has stalled, Graham Alexander’s men losing their last two games 1-0 away from home.

Schumacher, who played in the games at both Oldham and Crawley, knows there has to be a turnaround, starting at Highbury tomorrow.

He said: “We’ve got to move on quickly. We know we’ve got another big game tomorrow night.

“We’ve all said in the dressing room at Crawley that if we play like that and get chances like that, they will go in. But we do need to improve.

“We’ve created a load of chances this season and I don’t think we’ve scored enough goals.

“We’ve been pretty solid at the back – take away a couple of penalties – and it’s been the odd goal here and there.

“But we should have more points than we’ve got.”

Town dominated at Crawley on Saturday but left with nothing.

And Schumacher made clear the need to avoid falling victim to the sucker punch.

He told The Gazette: “Not taking our chances has cost us three points – not being clinical enough in front of goal. The lads were bitterly disappointed in the result. It’s fine margins but that’s what you get when you step up the leagues.

“If we’d created that many chances last year we’d have won the game comfortably.

“But the higher up you go – and there are lads in our team who have played at higher levels than me – you know if you don’t take your chances the other team will.”

Crawley went into Saturday’s game on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Rochdale.

The Tykes visit Highbury tomorrow looking to put behind them Saturday’s 5-3 reverse at the hands of Milton Keynes Dons.

Schumacher knows Saturday’s game will make Fleetwood wary of a team looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat.

He said: “We knew we’d get a reaction from Crawley.

“They signed a few players and on the back of a 4-0 defeat they were up for it.

“We were the better team. We were miles ahead of them all over the park.

“It was just one of those days and now we’ve got to move on and try to get a good result against Barnsley.”

Town have scored just once in four league games.

With that in mind, former Bury skipper Schumacher had a simple message for his team-mates.

He said: “All the lads we’ve got who are attacking players have good quality.

“They all bring goals and they all bring quality.

“At the moment it’s just not going in for us. We’ve got to do better.

“We can’t keep coming off the pitch and saying we’ve done really well but didn’t win.

“That’s no good. Points matter.

“Looking at our performance at Oldham, we’d have been lucky to have got a point, but we definitely deserved more on Saturday.

“But we’ve come away with nothing and we have to change that.”

Kick-off at Highbury tomorrow is at 7.45pm.