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Boss pleased to have strength in depth ahead of Saturday's game

18 February 2016

Scunthorpe United are the visitors to the Fylde Coast

Steven Pressley is now pleased that his Fleetwood Town side has competition all over the pitch after adding three players to his ranks recently.

Shola Ameobi, Wes Burns and Bob Harris have all signed deals with the Club until the end of the season, and Pressley is excited to see them in action.

Town take on in-form Scunthorpe United this weekend at Highbury, and will be hoping to move out of the Sky Bet League One places with three points.

The Iron have won their last four league fixtures under the leadership of caretakers Nick Daws and Andy Turner, so will be looking to increase their run on the Fylde Coast.

Pressley said: “We’ve brought in several places recently and I’m really, really pleased with them all. We’ve got real competition for places in all areas of the pitch now.

“The nucleus of the group was very good but we didn’t have a lot of strength in depth, so needed to address that as it has been evident over the last couple of weeks.

“We’ve suffered a lot of injuries and have asked a lot from our younger players. We now have that strength in depth going into such a difficult period.

“The lads that are here now their jobs inside out but integrating the new players obviously comes with a challenge. That’s my job and my responsibility though.

“I have to make sure they understand the way we play and the way we want to go about things. I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far.

“It was key that we brought in players with experience. The one thing that we have in this group is potential and felt it was important we brought players in with a presence now.

“Shola and Bob have plenty of experience having both played at good levels, so I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to add such players to the group.”

Pressley is hopeful his side can turn draws into wins over the coming weeks, with trips to Rochdale and Coventry City on the horizon.

“I’ve talked a lot about the games in hand and we have to utilise them. We’ve drawn eight of out last 12 games which is far too many.

“We have to win the games in hand and if we manage to do that our position will look far better. That’s the bottom line.

“We’re a very organised side who are hard working and efficient, but I want to turn those draws into wins and for us to be more clinical and score more goals.

“It’s a gradual process though and we’re aware of that, but the good thing is that we’ve got a solid base to build from which gives any team a chance.”

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