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Alexander: Players are buzzing for Barnsley trip

9 February 2015

Cod Army will look to close the gap on closest rivals at Oakwell

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander admitted his players are ‘buzzing’ for Tuesday night’s League One encounter against Barnsley at Oakwell.

The Cod Army travel to South Yorkshire on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Peterborough on Saturday, and the boss is hoping his side can continue their good away form.

Prior to defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate eight days ago, Town hadn’t lost a game away from home since the 29th November.

Alexander is keen to continue the good form, but feels Danny Wilson’s Tykes will offer a stern test to his players.

He said: “We got used to Saturday-Tuesday games last season as we played a lot of them, but this season it’s been quite a while since we had a midweek game.

“The lads are buzzing for it because it breaks up the training week as well, and they’re all looking forward to it because it’s a great ground to go and play at.

“Barnsley are a former Premier League team so it’s fantastic for us to be at the same level as these types of clubs.

“We feel we’ve competed well against these clubs over the last six months, and we want to continue that from now all the way until the end of the season.

“The lads can hold their heads high so far, but we want to go there and pick up points so that’s the target for us on Tuesday.

“We picked up a few away wins early on and then went quite a while on a string of defeats, and had to think about what we had to do better.

“We managed to do that and since then we’ve picked up some real good away victories. We were disappointed to lose at Bristol City, but on the day performed well.

“When we’re on top in these games and creating chances, we have to score to justify our good play and give ourselves a chance to pick up points from games.

“We want to add this attacking edge to our game without sacrificing our strength in defending, so it’s something we have to improve on rather than change.”

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