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Manager's message plain and simple

28 February 2014

Boss fired up to collect three points this weekend against AFC Wimbledon

Manager Graham Alexander’s message ahead of the game against AFC Wimbledon at Highbury on Saturday was simple – we must win.

Alexander now wants a return to winning ways with three points against the Dons but is expected a tough game against Neal Ardley’s men.

“This is a results business - that's what matters at the end of the day,” he said. “The way we make people happy is by winning.

“The time for talking is over. It's no good me saying all the right things and not seeing the results on the pitch.

"My responsibility is to this team and the results, and I have to make sure we go forward from here.”

Ardley’s side travel to Highbury having beaten Newport County at Rodney Parade on Tuesday.

The Wombles sit just above mid-table in 11th and, having experienced defeat at the Cherry Red Records Stadium last season, Alexander expects another difficult match.

“You might say they are mid-table and they have nothing to play for, but I don't know any professional who thinks like that,” Alexander said.

"They've got a great tradition of battling at that club and a manager who has been part of that for a long time.

"He won't think there's nothing to play for and I'm sure his players will be the same. They'll still want to win the game; you can have no doubt about that."

The Fleetwood manager left Chris Lucketti in charge of training yesterday as he was a pallbearer at Sir Tom Finney's funeral.

But he knows there's plenty of hunger among his players, something he witnessed just hours after Tuesday’s game.

"The lads who played had a recovery session. But there was a full session for the rest and you could see in them that they could smell blood.

"It was full-blooded and there's players in there who think they've got a shot at the first team.
"I don't argue with that. I've got 20 or 22 players who want to play a part and that's the healthy competition we need."

And there is hope Steven Schumacher could be available for Saturday, having limped off on Tuesday through injury after just half an hour.

Alexander said: "He got a whack on his hip and had an adverse reaction with the nerves in his back. We're hoping he's going to be fine for Saturday.

"It was a big blow to lose him on Tuesday, his composure and experience was missed. But we can't blame what happened on losing one player. We have to take responsibility as a group."

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