Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan has hailed his attacking options ahead of Saturday’s trip to Oxford United.
Sheridan took charge of his first Town match last weekend against MK Dons, where his side were dominant but had to settle for a point thanks to Ash Hunter’s stunning equaliser.
Hunter started at Highbury alongside Conor McAleny and Paddy Madden, with Sheridan revealing all three are looking sharp in training.
“If you’re a striker you should be wanting to be scoring goals,” said Sheridan.
“I don’t judge them on how many times they chase back or how many tackles they makes. I’ll judge them on goals and chances created.
“Ash Hunter is lively and bright. Paddy Madden, Bobby Grant and Jordy Hiwula are also bright players in forward areas so it’s up to me to try and pick the right ones and hopefully the right team.
“I like my strikers to stay up the pitch and I’m trying to give them that freedom and concentrate on what they should be doing which is scoring goal.”
Weather conditions on the Fylde Coast this week haven’t been ideal in the build up to the game, but Sheridan insisted preparation has still been good.
“We had a good day yesterday [Tuesday] at Poolfoot,” added Sheridan.
“But in terms of the weather, I think a lot of teams in the country will have the same problem as us, but luckily, we’ve got a beautiful 4G pitch which we can use.
“There’s no excuses regarding the weather and how much we train. I’m happy with the way it’s going.”
Now into his first full week into the job, Sheridan says he is fitting in nicely.
“It’s been nice, everything happened so quickly this week and late in the week as well obviously leading up to the game on Saturday.
“The weather isn’t helping too much, it gives a bit more time for the players to get used to me, what I’m like and I’m getting to know them also.
“I’m pleased, even training yesterday I thought we were excellent. If you go by training and things that I’d seen in the game on Saturday, I’m very pleased with the players I’ve got.”