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By David Mitchell
Dean Howell says Fleetwood Town will be well prepared when they take on local rivals Morecambe in the upcoming Boxing Day fixture.
Town’s game away at Oxford United was one of many games that succumbed to the torrential wet weather that swept across England, and Alexander, instead, used the time for an extra training session as he took his side to Barclays Premier League side Stoke City ahead of the seafood derby.
Howell said: “Obviously we have had torrential weather, the boys are disappointed that we have had to travel all the way down there, we prepared right, and we are obviously disappointed.
“The gaffer has come in and changed a few things and we have been more lively in training, you can see the boys are chomping at the bit, and are really excited. We were all disappointed when we heard the game was called off.
“It is one of those things. We have to regroup now, we have come to Stoke, where the manager obviously has connections so we have come in and trained. Hopefully we will come in on Monday morning and be ready for the game on Boxing Day.
“Obviously the facilities here are ideal with Stoke being a Premiership club, the boys look lively, we have had a day off and we will be back in Monday (today) and ready for work.”
The 32-year-old left back has also expressed his sympathy for the travelling Cod Army that had to turn round and travel back after the game was called off at 11.30am.
“It’s devastating for the fans and all the people who have made the trip down. It is an expensive time for people, and the lads really appreciate that. It is one of those things where the weather dictates in this time of year, and probably more games will be called off later in the season. It’s a busy period and the fans have a lot of football to look forward to.”
Graham Alexander will be calling his players in for a Christmas day training session ahead of the big game against Morecambe, as he looks to build on the draws against high-flying Southend United and Gillingham.
“It’s a big game, big local derby, so the gaffer is going to have us in Christmas day, prepare right so that we have no excuses, we are looking forward to this busy Christmas period, hopefully we will pick up points.”
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