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Alexander wants to make it three wins on the bounce

16 March 2015

Cod Army have moved up to eighth in recent weeks

Graham Alexander wants his Fleetwood Town team to make it three wins on the bounce when they entertain Coventry City at Highbury on Tuesday night.

Josh Morris’ 30 yard effort was enough to beat Rochdale on home soil on Saturday, and the manger now hopes they can pick up more points in front of the Cod Army faithful.

The win moved Town up to eighth place in League One, and they now only sit two points behind in-from Barnsley who occupy sixth position.

When the sides last met at the Ricoh Arena back in December, a late Simeon Jackson goal earned the Sky Blues a point after the Cod Army had taken a first half lead.

Speaking ahead of the game, Alexander said: “The most pleasing aspect about Saturday was the fact we managed to pick up back to back wins.

“We’ve had some really good wins this season, and bar the first three fixtures of the campaign we hadn’t followed that up with another win.

“It was a step we needed to take to get that consistency. We’re obviously not there yet as it’s only two wins on the bounce, but we need to stretch that to a longer period.

“You’re always concerned about coming back down to earth after such a win against a team like Sheffield United.

“We didn’t maintain those levels in the first half against Rochdale last weekend, but we were right on the button in the second half.

“It was a fantastic three points for us which kept us in touch with our rivals.”

Town will be without youngster Nick Haughton for a couple of weeks after he was substituted at half time against Dale with injury.

“Nick is going to be missing for a couple of weeks with severely bad bruising on his foot, so that’s obviously disappointing.

“It’s part of his learning curve. People are going to take notice of him with the performances he’s showed.

“I’m not indicating that he’s targeted but he’s going to be looked at as someone to stop.

“It was tackle where he needed to see it coming a little bit and read that situation. We’re not asking him to pull out of things but he needs to be able to ride those challenges.”

For Alexander, the clash against the Sky Blues will be a personal one, having grown up a City supporter as a youngster.

“I was a season ticket holder with my Dad at Coventry and used to go and watch them with him for years.

“They’re a club who mean a lot to me and a lot of my family still live in Coventry, but I left home some 20 odd years ago now so that has diluted a little bit.

“I always want Coventry to do well in the long-term because they’re a fantastic club who have been through some hard times.

“They seem to be on the right road now and have appointed a very experienced manager in Tony Mowbray.

“They’ve got a quality squad and we know of the challenge ahead, but these are the games we’ve looked for at the start of the season.

“We want to test ourselves against the best and the biggest, and this is another test for us.”

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