Alexander anxious to keep Fleetwood Town on their toes

Defeat at Exeter was costly for Fleetwood
Defeat at Exeter was costly for Fleetwood

Mistakes from Fleetwood Town’s last free week won’t be repeated as Graham Alexander looks to avoid further away day blues.

Town had their first match- free midweek in nearly two months ahead of their 3-0 defeat at Exeter City.

And the Fleetwood boss wants to make sure his players stay match sharp over the current six-day break from Football League action ahead of Saturday’s trip to Oxford United.

A 0-0 draw with Rochdale has kept Fleetwood just about in touch with the automatic promotion pack.

And Alexander wants to build on the hard work against the league leaders, not throw it all away.

He said: “We want to look after the lads but we also want to keep them on the mentally positive note they finished Saturday on.

“That’s going to happen through training and keeping them on the road of hard work.

“We’ll look after them physically but make sure we keep them prepared too to make sure we don’t have another Exeter performance.”

That Devon disaster still weighs heavily on the mind of the Fleetwood manager, who knows promotion would have been in his own team’s hands had they not thrown away the points in such a spectacular fashion.

“We’ve been on a solid run,” said Alexander. “That’s why I was so angry that day.

“We didn’t see it coming and it punctured what would actually have been a really good run of results and performances. “That’s the scenario that we’re in.”

Exeter was one of a number of no-shows from Town during their stop-start campaign, games the manager dubbed “blow out performances”

He knows how costly they have proved to be over the course of the last seven months and he is desperate to avoid any more

Alexander said: “This season we’ve have to take those little blow-out performances we’ve had now and then.

“If they hadn’t been there we’d be in a much stronger position and maybe it would be in our hands. As it is, we have to hope one club drops points and we can take advantage.

“But we have to win our games to take that chance.”

Fleetwood are currently fourth in SkyBet League Two.

They travel to Oxford on Saturday, while Chesterfield host Newport County.