Town Boss Throws Each Player Opportunity To Impress
Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander has insisted that every member of the squad has a chance of regular first-team action this season. Speaking after Nathan Pond's testimonial game against Preston North End, Alexander stated each player has a significant role to play this season.
“The picture is open for everyone. If they train well, play well as a team and contribute to the team ethic then they have a chance. If they didn't have a part to play then simply put, they wouldn't be here. Ryan (Crowther) has done very well in the pre-season games, he is pushing himself and working hard on his fitness but in the final third his talent is undoubted.”
The winger scored 2 of Town's goals in the 4-0 victory over Preston North End. Crowther, 24, impressed many as did club hero Nathan Pond, who was praised by the Fleetwood Town boss following the game.
“He didn't put a foot wrong and he played exceptionally well. I am really pleased for him, it was a great turn out and the response from the supporters was great. I thought he was excellent throughout the game and to also get a clean sheet is very pleasing for Pondy, the rest of the back 4 and the goalkeeper.”
Alexander did however insist that the testimonial match against North End was not just a celebration but also a chance for Pond and the rest of the squad to prove they deserve a place in the boss' plans this season.
“Nathan knew it wasn't just a testimonial game today. We were looking for positive things from all of the team and I think we showed a lot of good stuff today.
“We are still finding our feet as a team. That natural progression will happen through the rest of our pre-season fixtures and training in the coming weeks. However the way the new signings have settled in has been fantastic. The lads who were already here have enabled the new ones to settle in very easily,” added the Town boss.
Whilst everything is taking shape nicely in time for the new season, there are still things that can be improved prior to the opening league game on August 3rd.
Alexander said: “We were happy with the performance on Saturday but we know there is still room for improvement. It is building really well so far and we can definitely see a lot of progression in each of our pre-season games. We have another tough game on Wednesday against Coventry City which will be another big test.”