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Alexander: Testing Christmas period ahead for the players

24 December 2014

Cod Army prepare for three tough fixtures

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander has spoken out ahead of the Boxing Day clash at home to Bradford City; their first game in the space of eight days.

Alexander’s side drew against Sheffield United at Highbury a fortnight ago before picking up a point at the Ricoh Arena last weekend, and sit in 12th place in League One.

And the upcoming Christmas period is often one of the busiest times in the footballing calendar, and one the manager admits takes some time to get used to.

“When you’re young you sometimes have to get used to it, but once you’ve been in the game a long time it’s just part of the course.

“As a player I’ve never minded going in on Christmas day, but now I’m the manager and have the choice of whether to do so, I’m the big bad wolf in some parts.

He continued: “They want to prepare for the game in the right way so training on Christmas Day is the correct thing to do.

“It’s not ideal having two games in three days but it’s a testing time and football is a testing game. It’s one of those where you have to overcome little obstacles and everyone is in the same boat.”

“I’d say Bradford are a year ahead of us in experience of League One football so that weighs in their favour a little bit, but apart from that I always back my team and our players.

“We know it’ll be a tough game. They’re a team and a squad that have been together for a bit and there’s not been loads and loads of changes.”

With the halfway point of Town’s first ever season in the third tier approaching, Alexander feel his team have made a solid start but will continue to look forward.

“We constantly think about how we can improve.

“I speak to the chairman all the time about how we can take this Club forward in a slightly different way because this club has got an identity of going forward and finding ways of being successful.”

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