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Alexander: We expect players to compete at same level

17 September 2015

Town have picked up hard earned points in recent weeks

Graham Alexander expects his players to compete at the same level as in previous weeks when they visit the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Town head into the game against Wigan Athletic off the back of two well earned draws against Rochdale and Bradford City respectively.

Alexander now wants his players to maintain their performances when they take on the former FA Cup winners this weekend.

Ahead of the game, he said: “Wigan won the FA Cup a few years ago when Fleetwood were probably coming out of the Conference around the same time. Now we’re on an even level.”

“They’ve got some high quality players for this level and they’ll be looking to win their home games. We’re looking forward to it.

“It’s a new opponent for a lot of the players and for the Club as well, so we want to put in a good performance to go along with a good day.

“What we found last year was that we’re coming up against opponents with famous histories who not so long ago were at higher levels.

“We’re competing against these teams which is a fantastic sign of the progress the Club has made over the past 10 years.

“I feel we’re at a good level now and can compete week in week out. We can’t do everything at once though as the Club is growing week by week.

“When we get there it’ll be fantastic but it’ll take years to establish the whole set-up of the academy, the training ground and the first team squad.

“We can’t take away our focus at this Club which is to win games at first team level, and that’s what we try to do every week.”

Alexander also gave an injury update ahead of Saturday’s game, with the squad managing knocks after the Bantams clash.

“There’s players who have missed little sections of the week because we’re trying to manage the niggles that they’ve got.

“Obviously Saturday is the most important thing but we also don’t want to put their long-term fitness at risk by playing them when they shouldn’t.

“We have got a few at the moment who are nursing things, but it’s part and parcel of football as if we’re not getting knocks and niggles then we’re not competing hard enough.

“The boys are doing their best and are managing themselves well, but we want to get them on the pitch as often as possible.

“You can do it for one or two weeks but after that it impacts on their performance and that’s been the case with the couple of the lads.”

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