Alexander’s confidence boost

Fleetwood celebrate a goal in last weekend's win
Fleetwood celebrate a goal in last weekend's win

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is ready to make the most of his side’s confidence but insists there’s still room for improvement ahead of Saturday’s trip to Doncaster.

Town have smashed eight goals in two games - Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Colchester United at Highbury banishing the blues of their sluggish start to the campaign.

It also earned Alexander the Football League’s League One manager of the week award.

But the former Burnley and Preston defender insisted it was his players who deserved the praise.

At the same time he made it clear it was too early in the season to get carried away with only a handful of games under Fleetwood’s belt.

He said: “There’d be something wrong if confidence wasn’t high.

“It was a real good week and a great thing for us after the disappointment at Oldham.

“We couldn’t ask for anything more in terms of results..

“The players fully deserve what they’ve got.

“But it’s early in the season - as we said to them when we’d not got the results.

“We’ve just got to keep up the focus we’ve had over the last three or four games and hopefully we’ll get the rewards for our efforts.”

Town’s back-to-back four goal hauls came after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Boundary Park - a game Fleetwood dominated for long periods.

And Alexander, having studied the footage in detail insisted there was no difference between the three performances, bar lethal finishing.

“The one difference is the ball hit the net,” he told The Gazette.

“We analysed everything - apart from the scoreline Oldham was exactly the same.

“We knew when we weren’t getting the results they would come - everything else was right.

“It was really pleasing to get a clean sheet as well against Colchester too - that’s just as important as scoring goals.

“There’s a lot of players with smiles on their faces right now.

“They have to work hard to maintain that.”

Alexander will be hoping his side can continue their consistent performances at the Keepmoat - where last year they ground out a 0-0 draw.

But he made it clear there had been no resting on laurels ahead of the clash, having presided over another tough week of training.

“We don’t lie to the players and hide from any things we still need to improve on.

“There are still things we need to improve on.

“It’s a case of can we improve this while still doing this well.

“When we weren’t scoring goals it’s what we were doing - keeping the good things we were doing but looking for that extra.

“It’s the same now.”

One group Alexander won’t mind enjoying a confidence boost are his strike force.

With the exception of Vamara Sanogo –potentially sidelined for more than a month with an knee injury, all of Town’s forward have now scored – which pleases Alexander.

He said:“We’ve lost Vamara through injury but the other four are off the mark.

“Declan (McManus) missed out in the last couple but he’ll get his chance.

“For strikers it’s their oxygen – they can play great but if there’s something missing.

“We feel we’ve got four or five strikers all with the same kind of ability and there’s that added competition.”