Winless run no worry for Grezza

Fleetwood Town's David Ball
Fleetwood Town's David Ball
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Graham Alexander insist he isn’t worried by a six game winless run as Fleetwood Town prepare to face The Posh.

Town’s last League One victory came against Scunthorpe United, back in August.

It was a win which saw Fleetwood go top of the table - a position from which they have since slipped as strong performances have repeatedly gone unrewarded.

And Fleetwood’s boss refuses to get too worried by the September slump.

“I don’t really read much into it,” he said.

“You could look at it as no win in six or you could see three defeats in 20-odd league games.

“How far do you want to go back?

“There’s stats, stats and more stats.

“We want to win games but we know we’ve played well enough to do that.

“We knew where the problem was.

“We weren’t taking the chances were were creating.

“We got three on Saturday, three excellent finishes by the way, and we were up against the best team in the division.

“That’s why we’ve come out with a 3-3 draw.

“But we’ve missed a lot of easier chances in the previous games.

“The goals we’ve scored were from harder chances.”

Indeed, the Fleetwood manager believes had his side been more clinical in front of goal they could still be among the top-three, alongside tomorrow’s opponents.

And he is happy with Town’s league position after nearly two months in the third tier.

“We know we’ve got quality,” said Alexander.

“If we’d have taken our chances in the previous games we could have had five or six point more.

“I’m not into ifs and buts.

“It was down to us, not down to luck.

“We know we had to improve on that.

“But we’ve been really competitive in the league so far.

“We just need to get a couple of wins in the next couple of games, then the position of everything will look a lot rosier.

“But where we are right now, I don’t think anybody can complain.”

The best may be yet to come for Fleetwood who are close to welcoming a number of experienced players back into the first team fold.

Keith Southern has trained for nearly two weeks, Jeff Hughes has played more than 180 minutes of football with the development squad and Danny Andrew is also working hard and nearing full fitness.

It’s a far cry from how the season began with Alexander sweating over a lengthy injury list.

“It is a weight off,” he admitted.

“We don’t want to carry 30 players just in case of injuries.

“I think the group goes stale.

“There’s players not involved and two games a season isn’t enough for you mentally or physically.

“We keep a compact, competitive squad and sometimes, if you’re missing six or seven at a time you’re struggling.

“We’ve had that.

“But we’ve overcome that.

“We’re still in a healthy position, we’ve still picked up result and points.

Now he’s hoping the returning senior players can help push Fleetwood on.

Alexander said: “The more players we can get to 100 per cent fitness the better we will be.

“There’s two or three who aren’t quite knocking on the door of the first team yet.

“But they are inching towards it.

“That will provide healthy competition for the players who are in at the moment.”

Neither Southern or Jeff Hughes are likely to be in contention for tomorrow’s trip to London Road– which will see David Ball return to his former club.