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Boss wants his team to take control

11 February 2014

Graham Alexander speaks ahead of Wycombe showdown

Graham Alexander has called on his Fleetwood Town players to take charge of the game when they face a Wycombe Wanderers tonight. 

Fleetwood go into the rescheduled clash looking to bounce back to winning ways following last week’s 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and with it, return level on points with Oxford United, who occupy the final automatic promotion spot in the league.

On the other hand, Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe go into the game on the back of only one win in their last 16 games – a run that has seen them to slip to within one point of the relegation places.

“We’ve had a couple of those long journeys, wasted journeys really,” Alexander told the club’s official website.

“It’s disappointing at the time but we have to go there Tuesday and obviously prepare for the game right as we did the first time.

“We’re going there to look to win because it’s one of our games in hand and it’s an important one for us.”

Fleetwood were due to play Newport County on Friday evening, but the game was called off on the morning of the game due to a waterlogged pitch.

Alexander and the players had travelled down to the game, but after venting his frustration at seeing the game fall foul of the weather; Town’s manager admits the postponement has come with its positives.

“It’s one of those where every negative, there’s a positive. A couple of lads, who have been out injured, are getting closer to fitness and it would have been a great scenario if the game had been called off and we hadn’t travelled.

 “It was two days wasted, and we could have got a couple days training in, but that’s not the case and we’ve got lads who’ve had a little bit of a break since their last game.

“That’s important because in the next five weeks we’ve got 10 games because of cancellations and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but you know we have to look after lads in-between games and make sure we’re prepared right or the games.”

Ahead of today’s game, Alexander is also hoping Fleetwood can rediscover their fine form that had seen them go unbeaten through the whole of January when they face Wycombe.

“I think since the first of January we’ve won four, drawn one, lost one in the league.

“It’s important, that we stay in contact, close contact, with the teams at the top and a win would do that but we’re in for a tough game.

“Wycombe, they’re fighting for their lives at the bottom and I know the manager very well and his team reflect his characteristics and we have to make sure we’re ready for that.

“We’ve played a couple of teams at the bottom and go back to the Northampton game where I didn’t think we deserved to lose.

“That shows you the quality throughout the group, throughout the league, and anyone can get a result on the day.

“We have to make sure that we take charge of the game, impress our game on Wycombe and make sure we want the points just as much as them.”

Sky Bet have once again opened a market on Fleetwood's game with the Cod Army priced at 6/1 to win by two or more goals. To see a full list of odds please click here

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