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Pressley: Positive performances must be turned into wins

4 April 2016

Manager has urged his team to get it right at both ends

Positive performances must be turned into wins insists Fleetwood Town manager Steven Pressley as his side take on Peterborough United on Tuesday night.

The Scotsman spoke to the press at the Club’s training ground at Poolfoot Farm this afternoon, and is hoping his team pick up three vital points in their fight against relegation.

The Cod Army came away with a point at Swindon on Saturday, and now prepare to face United before a trip to Southend this weekend.

Town were narrowly defeated by Posh at London Road earlier in the season, with Jermaine Anderson’s late goal giving Graham Westley’s outfit maximum points.

He said: “We’ve got some very good players, we really do. I have a great belief in them but it’s just about converting our good play into positive results and goals.

“In general when you look at the statistics we give up very few goals, create a high percentage of opportunities and in every single game the margins are very fine.

“We’re close to being a very good team, but both boxes are what changes a good team into a very good team. We have to continue to strive to improve in those areas.

“In my opinion we’re not a relegation team and that’s the frustrating thing. There’s been so many games where we’ve dominated good sides.

“But the reality is that we are in a relegation battle and right in amongst it. We have to turn performances into wins and that’s our aim.”

Pressley is expecting Peterborough to come out and attack, and has urged his players to get things right at both ends.

“We know the importance of Tuesday’s game and know the importance of winning it. We’ll prepare properly and go into it in a positive frame of mind.

“Peterborough were on an incredible run when Graham first took over but then they had an indifferent period and now they’re back strong again.

“What’s evident about them is that they score goals. They’re the league’s highest scorers and are a really positive team who create problems.

“It’s important we get things right at both ends. It’s about finding the balance of us defending properly and giving ourselves enough opportunities to win the game.”

Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic could return for Fleetwood after a recent injury lay-off, but doubts remain over the fitness of in-form striker Wes Burns.

“Sarc is getting closer now and is a consideration for Tuesday. He didn’t travel on Saturday because he only trained for the first time on Friday.

“He trained on Sunday and trained again today and if he comes through that unscathed then he’s certainly in our thoughts for Tuesday.

“Wes came off on the hour on Saturday and is a slight doubt for the game. He came back with a slight injury which hampered him a little bit.

“It’s a shame because I thought he gave a really good performance but I spoke to him at half time and was concerned he could break down.

“We’ll assess him though and give him every opportunity over the next 24 hours. In terms of those two there are no other casualties from the weekend.”

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