Wembley dream has Fleetwood's Ball bouncing

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David Ball insists talk of Wembley is good, even though Fleetwood Town remain in a relegation dogfight.

Town return to League One action on Saturday when high-flying but managerless Walsall visit Highbury.

Town, with three wins from their last four games and four home wins on the bounce will be brimming with confidence even though they sit only two points above the drop zone..

And with Steven Pressley’s side one step away from a Wembley final in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy spirits are high in the camp.

Ball, who scored the first in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Morecambe, insists the cup run is far from a distraction and is desperate to return to the home of English football.

“To get the win it brings us confidence going into the weekend,” he said.

“But ultimately we knew we were three games away from Wembley.

“You don’t get too many chances to play at Wembley.

“We want to take it really seriously and get Fleetwood there again.

“Any opportunity is


“I’ve had success there with Fleetwood – I’m dying to get there again.

“Hopefully over two legs we’ve got enough.”

And the striker made it clear there’ll be no hiding away from the cup dream in the Fleetwood camp.

“You’ve got to talk about Wembley because you’ve got to want to win the games and get there,” said Ball

“All we’ve got to do is keep on with the right things and make sure it happens.”

Ball’s goal against Morecambe was a welcome return to scoring form.

Pressley has made clear his admiration for the Puskas award nominee’s skills but has been desperate to see him find the net.

Now 24-year-old Ball is hoping he can push on.

“Things are coming right for me,” he said.

“The gaffer has been

brilliant since he’s come in.

I know I needed to add a few goals to my game.

“I’ve been getting chances but for me it’s nice to get on and get that one.”

And Ball believes confidence is high across the camp, insisting Fleetwood are a squad transformed under Pressley.

He said: “You’re starting to see a good side coming together on and off the pitch.

“The gaffer is getting his message across.

“His style of play is being integrated into the group.

“We’re playing out from the back, though the midfield and it’s providing results up top.”

Part of the turnaround has been down to the way Pressley has drilled his squad.

Town are now playing more exciting football, building from the back and breaking with pace.

It’s an exciting system and Ball was full of plaudits for the defenders who are key to making it happen.

“We look really solid and the lads at the back are taking the ball and starting off our attacks,” he said.

“They’ve been instrumental in the way we’ve been playing, the way the gaffer wants us to play. It’s great. We’ve three wins out of four, it should have been four out of four.

“We were disappointed after Blackpool but that’s gone and now we’ve just got to keep winning games and proving what a good side we are.”