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Goodall sustains fitness into summer

11 May 2013

Alan Goodall’s reflects on Fleetwood Town’s first season in the npower League 2 in what proved to be a positive campaign for the Cod Army.

By Manv Rai

Alan Goodall’s reflects on Fleetwood Town’s first season in the npower League 2 in what proved to be a positive campaign for the Cod Army.

Fleetwood Town secured a comfortable mid-table position after loitering all season around the play-offs. Alan Goodall assessed the overall performance for Fleetwood Town this season which was full of highs and lows but the defender believes Town have learnt from their first experience in the npower League 2 and will strive to do better next season. “It’s time to relax now, it was a tough first season for Fleetwood – sometimes it was enjoyable and other times it was hard. I’m going to enjoy my time off and hopefully have a good one. In our first season in the league, there are a lot of pluses and minuses and we’re going to hopefully, take them pluses into next season and move on.” Alan Goodall was able to muster four goals in the 2012/13 season which is an impressive feat for any defender and even more so considering he was unable to break into the first team when Micky Mellon was in charge. Graham Alexander however made Goodall an integral part of Fleetwood Town when he took over reigns back in December. “It’s nice to score of course, but for me, it was all about playing. Earlier on in the season, I did not feature that much and they were frustrating times for me but the new gaffer (Alexander) has come in and he’s taken a shine to me. I enjoy playing under him.” Despite the season ending, Goodall is keen to keep his fitness at a sustainable level as pre-season beckons which is a difficult period for football players, having not played football in months. Town will also face new competition next season as they will battle with those who have been relegated from League 1 and those who have been promoted from the Football Conference. “It’s a horrible time pre-season, I hate it to be honest but I’ve got to keep myself going and preparing myself right." Football is a great competition; there is a lot of good clubs in the lower league that should be playing higher. Some good teams have come up and some have come down but it’s going to be an interesting season next year – a season where I hope we win promotion.”

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