Alexander: Fleetwood Town promotion is still in own hands

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander is hoping Fleetwood ’s end-of-season form will be good enough to see them into League One with play-off glory at Wembley.

Scunthorpe’s defeat at Exeter meant Town could have taken their push for automatic promotion into the final game away to leaders Chesterfield had they beaten in-form Southend, who had won five of their previous six.

But although Saturday’s 1-1 draw has consigned his side to the play-offs, Alexander remains confident and made it clear promotion remains in his players’ own hands.

He shrugged: “There has to be a wry smile that Scunthorpe lost. It’s been that sort of division.

“Destiny is still in our own hands. If we win the games we get promoted.

“I don’t go along with the theory the play-offs are a lottery – you earn it and that’s how we’ll approach it.”

Both Steven Schumacher’s goal for Town and Barry Corr’s equaliser three minutes later came from set-pieces and Alexander added: “Schuey’s delivery from set-pieces is so good. He’s put it in a a great area, so if it misses people it goes in. The timing of the equaliser was bad. It was a poor corner to give away.It’s a straight ball into the box and the lad’s got a header.

“It’s disappointing because it’s a basic goal and we need to be better at that.

“But the response was fantastic. They gave it their all and did everything except score a winner.”

“I thought first half we struggled against the conditions – it was quite windy.

“We fell into a lull, passing it around at the back and inviting pressure.

“When we took the lead so close to half-time, we were looking to maintain the lead into the break, knowing the conditions would be with us and we could boss the game, but we didn’t .

“We didn’t, we conceded a poor goal and then we couldn’t force the issue.”