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Skipper looks ahead

25 February 2013

Rob Atkinson insists Fleetwood will be doing all they can to bounce back against Cheltenham Town tomorrow evening after the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Aldershot on Saturday.

By Tom Bestwick

Rob Atkinson insists Fleetwood will be doing all they can to bounce back against Cheltenham Town tomorrow evening after the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Aldershot on Saturday.

Town will now play three games in a week as they look to bounce back from two defeats, starting tomorrow night when play-off chasing Cheltenham come to the Fylde coast before Graham Alexander and his side hit the road again, as they travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and then play their rearranged clash away at Barnet next Tuesday. Fleetwood have a game in hand on a number of their opponents in the top seven, and Atkinson admits it is a big week coming up for the club. “The lads were all gutted in the dressing room.” Atkinson said. “It’s a game we come here to win, and we knew it was going to be difficult game. We let ourselves down in the first half and we didn’t earn the right to play and we had to change something in the second half. We have got a big 10 days coming up now, there’s a lot to still play for, and we are still definitely in the mix for the play-offs. That is what we are all vying to gain.” Fleetwood will be without the services of both Jamie McGuire, and Alan Goodall, who were both sent off in Saturday’s defeat. Atkinson says nobody is making excuses for the defeat, and everyone will be looking to put things right tomorrow night. “It’s another two players that are going to be missing for Tuesday. We are not going to hide behind the sending off’s and make them as an excuse. We weren’t good enough on Saturday, and we have come in and we are going to prepare right, dust ourselves down and make sure what we did wrong on Saturday we put right for Tuesday. Tuesday is going to be a massive game, and its one that we are looking forward to and hopefully we can bounce back from this disappointing result.” Fleetwood improved greatly after the half time break, Ryan Crowther came closest to scoring as he hit the post, but the equaliser eluded Town before the two sending off’s ended any hope of them coming away from the EBB Stadium with anything. “Obviously we had a strong word at half time and we all weren’t happy with how we were playing. We come out second half, and we’ve had a chance and it can then become a different game, it didn’t, and we just wanted to stay compact, and be hard to break down and have a bit more commitment all over the field. The two sending off’s have come and it has become a difficult challenge from there.” Fleetwood have switched their attentions to Cheltenham’s visit, and with preparation well underway, Atkinson believes he and his team-mates will be ready for Tuesday, as they look to bounce back after the disappointing result at the weekend. “Like I said we will dust ourselves down and we make sure we prepare the best way we can. Obviously we had a long journey back, and we have been in for a cool down and stretching session to make sure we 100% ready for Tuesday. We will make sure we put things right that we did not so well on Saturday, and we want to move on and bounce back from that disappointing result.” Don’t forget to pick up your copy of ‘Talk of the Town’ tomorrow evening to get the latest big interview the latest news from around npower League Two.

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