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Boss hopes to have faces back

24 February 2014

Alexander looks ahead to game under Highbury floodlights

Manager Graham Alexander is hoping to have players back from illness ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League 2 home clash with Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday.

Alexander expects to welcome members of his squad back for the Pilgrims’ visit – but anticipates a difficult test against John Sheridan’s side who have won their last two on the road.

“We lost three or four lads before the weekend through illness and that was just too many bodies to be missing for one game - it was a shame,” said Alexander. 

“We should have three or four back for Plymouth hopefully and we’ll be in a lot better shape squad-wise to go into the game.

“It will be a tough game because they had a great result on Saturday at Dagenham. 

“Obviously, we were disappointed with our result on Saturday so we have to bounce back in the right way.

“We have to get back to doing what we’re good at – playing good football and creating chances, and maintaining the defensive solidity we’ve had of late. 

“We haven’t given many chances away, and that’s not been a cause for concern. I just don’t think we’re creating, as a team, the chances we were doing.”

Argyle picked up a 2-1 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge at the weekend which saw them climb up to 10 th in League Two – just seven points short of the Play-Offs. 

Sheridan’s side have only lost once in their last five, so Alexander believes the Green Army will come to Highbury hunting for three points to help their top seven ambition. 

“They had a good win at the weekend and they’ve got a very experienced manager who will want his team to win,” the boss continued. 

“They’re in 10th position and I think there are a few teams outside the Play-Offs that are trying to target a good run to get into them.

“We’ve got our own ambitions and targets to get into the top three, though, so the game is just as important for us. 

“We’ve just got to focus on our own performance and make sure we’re as positive as we can be in the game, and make sure we take the game to Plymouth.”

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