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Hughes fully fit for derby

26 December 2013

Midfielder ready for Lancashire clash

Jeff Hughes hopes his side can bounce back from last weekend’s home defeat against Cheltenham Town as the Cod Army head into the festive period.

The Robins found themselves a goal to the good after only a minute at Highbury as Matt Richards’ corner was met by Troy Brown at the front post.

Despite being arguably the better side, Fleetwood were unable to find a leveller, with Jon Parkin seeing his effort going close in the second half.

With the home side rallying in the final exchanges, Graham Alexander’s men were caught on the break in injury time as Jermaine McGlashan raced away on the counter attack before rounding keeper Scott Davies and stroking into an empty net.

However, Town will now turn their attentions to Jim Bentley’s Morecambe this afternoon, a team they hammered by four goals at the Globe Arena last campaign.

Hughes said: “This will be my first local derby and I’m really looking forward to it. We haven’t picked up enough points in the league recently and we’ve been dumped out of the FA Cup as well, so we need to get back to winning ways soon”.

Having been withdrawn during the second round replay tie away against the Brewers with an ankle injury, the Northern Irishman returned last weekend: “The ankle’s getting better but I still get a few aches and pains here and there, but luckily things like that don’t bother me too much”.

The Shrimps began the season in fine form as they picked up six wins from their first eleven games, and knocked out League 1 side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup, but Hughes is taking nothing for granted ahead of today’s trip to the Globe Arena: “They’ve got quality throughout their side and I know Kevin Ellison well, but we’re in no position to take anyone lightly and are eager for the next few games”.

As the club head into the festive season, the 28 year old had a message for Town’s fans: “I’d like to wish all supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and a big thank you for your fantastic support so far this season”.

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