Alexander happy with dressing room row

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander
Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander couldn’t be happier seeing his players engaged in a heated full-time row following their 4-1 home win over Torquay.

Alexander walked into the dressing room to find his charges hotly debating who was to blame for the Gulls’ late consolation, which pleased the former defender.

“We got a good lead, we kept it,” Alexander said. “I’m disappointed with the goal at the end.

“It’s great to see the lads arguing in the dressing room about conceding the goal. It’s a great sign.”

Town dominated the League Two clash at Highbury, Antoni Sarcevic with a first-half brace before Jamille Matt and substitute Matty Blair completed the scoring.

And, despite the disagreement over how and why Elliott Benyon was able to grab one back, Alexander was delighted with the performance.

He said: “You could go through the team and pick out individuals but I’m loath to do that.

“If they are not supported by the boys around them. then it means nothing. We had it all over the pitch today, from the back to the front. We thoroughly deserved it.”

Alexander spoke of his selection headache before the clash, and revealed the process had been tough.

“It was the longest one I’ve had since I’ve been a manager. It went overnight into Friday,” he revealed.

“We’ve spoken about the use of the squad, about every player being of equal value and I meant it.

“The response from the players who didn’t play was fantastic, supporting the lads in the team, and that will stand us in good stead.”

The win takes Town up to fourth but Alexander added: “It’s 12 points, that all. Positions are irrelevant.

“We just want to get the points tally up so we’re in the right place when it comes to the proper time, which is a long way away. We’ll keep our feet on the ground and make sure we work just as hard.”

The scoreline was a far cry from Town’s last Highbury outing,when they trailed Burton 3-0 at half-time before battling back to lose 3-2.

And the manager knows which position he’d rather be in. “Going 3-0 up is better than 3-0 down. You just want to keep the lads at it and we did that.