Manager speaks to Cod Army website ahead of Morecambe match
Manager Graham Alexander wants to lead Fleetwood Town to all three points against Lancashire rivals Morecambe on Saturday - for the supporters.
The Cod Army take on the Shrimps at Highbury in League Two this weekend (3.07pm kick-off), looking to continue their promotion push and put right the 1-0 defeat at the Globe Arena on Boxing Day.
Alexander’s side head into the contest off the back of a 2-0 win at Oxford United last Saturday, and he wants to reward the fans with another victory – this time against Jim Bentley’s team.
“For the supporters this is a game where they want to beat their local rival,” said Alexander.
“It’s a good rivalry between the two clubs and the players will buy into that.
“Whatever club you play for, you want to please your supporter, and beating your local rivals is a good chance to do that.
“I’ve been there myself, but you approach it in the same way and same professional manner, and the buzz of the crowd and the atmosphere takes over on matchday.
“It can stir you on to greater things but it can also go the other way. Then you can lose your concentration and focus, so we make sure we speak to the players about playing the game.
“It will be a difficult game because Morecambe will have their own incentive to come and win, but we have to make sure our motivation is stronger than theirs and that we show the quality we have.”
A first-half header from Morecambe striker Padraig Amond was the difference between the two sides in the meeting on December 26, 2013.
Alexander was frustrated to come away with nothing that day, but he was proud of the large Cod Army following who travelled to the Globe Arena.
“There was a great atmosphere at Morecambe on Boxing Day, but unfortunately we came away with a negative result which was disappointing,” he said.
“Like the number we took to Morecambe, a great number of fans followed us down to Oxford.
“It’s a vital part of the season, and with the supporters behind us it will spur us on to greater things.
“The lads are in a good place, feeling confident about themselves and playing some really good football at the moment.”
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