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Manager: Town all ready for Sunday

30 January 2015

Graham Alexander's pre-match interview ahead of Bristol City

Manager Graham Alexander told the Club website his side will be ready both physically and mentally for Sunday’s clash against promotion favourites Bristol City.

The Cod Army will travel to Ashton Gate to face the high flying Robins, who confirmed a spot at Wembley earlier this week in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final with victory over Gillingham.

Turning the clock back four months, Fleetwood played out a memorable 3-3 draw with City at Highbury Stadium.

“It was one of our most exciting games so far this season,” said the boss on Fleetwood’s previous encounter with Steve Cotterill’s side.

“Bristol City are at the top and they have been there all season. They have just confirmed their place in the JPT final and we already know they are a very good team.

“We believe we are very competitive against all of our opponents and are looking forward to the game on Sunday.”

Town’s 28th league game of the season was originally set to be played on Saturday 31st January, but was moved back 24 hours due to Bristol City’s involvement in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last Thursday night.

The boss continued: “Our schedule has been a little bit different than usual due to the game being rescheduled to the Sunday. The players have had some recovery time this week.

“Our pitches (at Fylde) have been hard to coach or run on so our sessions have come down in time to look after the players’ legs.

“We have an exceptionally fit and motivated group of players. We have had to pull them back in training because they want to go out and train two or three hours every day

“We will be ready for the game, both physically and mentally."

Finally, the boss gave an update on David Ball and Nathan Pond, with the duo both returning to the first team fold in recent weeks.

“They have been out for a while and they haven’t had many chances to play reserve matches due to the weather.

“It was a great opportunity for them to play for the development team last Tuesday against Leeds United. Bally played for an hour whilst Pondy completed the full 90 minutes.”

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