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Manager: This is a significant game in our season

22 February 2016

Manager wants back to back victories in League One

Fleetwood Town manager Steven Pressley has described Tuesday night’s match at Rochdale as a significant fixture in the Club’s season.

The Cod Army travel to Greater Manchester following a well-earned victory against in form Scunthorpe United at Highbury Stadium, the win moving FTFC out of the League One relegation zone.

Maximum points against Dale under the Spotland floodlights would see Town move up to 17th spot in League One.

Speaking to the local media at Poolfoot Farm, Pressley said: “I have been saying for some time that we are very close as a team. We have only suffered one defeat since the turn of the year so that stat suggests we are close.

“We have to use our win last weekend as a springboard to further victories. I have said it before, but we have to turn our draws into victories and it was important we did against Scunthorpe United.

“We have to build on the win. Tuesday night’s game at Rochdale is one of the most significant matches of our season because we can climb a number of places in the table with a win.

“We can bring a number of teams back into it and most importantly we gain further momentum and confidence.

“Scunthorpe United put four straight wins together before our game last weekend and they propelled up the league. Barnsley have gone on a tremendous run in recent weeks and now have every chance of reaching the Play-Offs.

“It is really important that you gain consecutive wins and we will focus on picking up three points on Tuesday night.”

The manager also confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Conor McLaughlin’s injury is not as bad as first feared, and he is hopeful that the Northern Irish international will be back in contention in the next seven to ten days.

Joe Davis will be back in the squad for Tuesday night’s match but there is a doubt surrounding Amari’I Bell who has sustained an ankle injury. Alex Kiwomya has returned to Chelsea after his loan spell came to an end and captain Nathan Pond is well on track with his recovery from a thigh injury.

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