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Manager: Always an exciting time

17 April 2014

Graham Alexander looks ahead to an Easter double header for Fleetwood

Manager Graham Alexander is anticipating a tough Easter for the Cod Army, but is confident they can gain maxiumum points, starting with a trip to Cheltenham Town on Good Friday. 

Fleetwood currently sit in fourth place and are five points behind closest rivals Chesterfield in third with four games to go.

Town suffered a setback against the Robins in December, as goals from Troy Brown and Jermaine McGlashan condemned them to defeat.

Just 48 hours after the clash at Whaddon Road, the Cod Army will be back in action when they host Wycombe Wanderers at Highbury, looking to close the gap on the top three.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Alexander has warned his players that they’ll be in for another battle: “It’ll no doubt be a tough game for us, especially down at their place. 

“They came here a few months ago and turned us over, so we have to go there for maximum points if we are to make the gap up on the top three. Having said that, we have to pick up maximum points from all four remaining games and that is what we’re aiming for.”

Following last week’s home draw to local rivals Morecambe, Alexander stated it’ll be a different game to that against the Shrimps: “They’ll be at home, so they’ll have the emphasis to attack, and as we saw with Morecambe last week they didn’t do that, and sat back with bodies behind the ball, so it’ll be a different game to last Saturday. 

“However, I’d expect the same sort of spirit and competitiveness from them, but we find that with every team from week to week. We have to make sure we match anything they come at us with.”

Friday’s game will be the penultimate away league game of the season, with Chesterfield to come at the start of May: “The first half of the season dragged out a bit, and it took it’s time to get to Christmas, but once you get past that it seems like a downward slope.

“The last few weeks of this season have gone exceptionally quick, but we’re at a time now where it’s an exciting part of the season. 

“We’ve got four games left, and we’re going to give it our best shot of getting into that top three. If we do manage to cut that gap down on the top three then we’ll be chuffed, as that was the target for us all. If not, then we’ll give it our best shot in the play-offs.”

Town will have a quick turnaround though, as they welcome Wycombe Wanderers to Lancashire on Easter Monday: “You get a set week really, Saturday to Saturday, so when you get a Friday game it changes that. 

“You have to make these adjustments with Monday and Tuesday games anyway, but we’ve looked after the lads and they’re in good shape, so we look forward to the Monday game too. 

“It’s one of those where the supporters have a big commitment as well, but we know they’ll be there supporting us which will be great, and hopefully we can reward them with three points.”

Town are back in action on their own territory on Easter Monday as they get set to entertain Wycombe Wanderers. For full ticket information please click here 

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