Alexander sticking to gun ahead of Scunthorpe clash

Graham Alexander and assistant Chris Lucketti get their message across in training ahead of the Scunthorpe game.
Graham Alexander and assistant Chris Lucketti get their message across in training ahead of the Scunthorpe game.

Graham Alexander will stick to his attacking principles as Fleetwood Town look to bounce back against Scunthorpe United tonight.

It will be the second time in five days Alexander has gone head-to-head with a former boss – Brian Laws his manager at Burnley in the Premier League.

Before Saturday his Scunthorpe side had proved frugal in front of goal, shipping just eight goals in 10 games.

A mauling at the hands of Exeter made it 12 goals in 11, but the Fleetwood boss knows it’s still going to be a night when Town have to be at their best to bounce back from the disappointment of Friday night’s defeat at Southend.

“Part of the beauty of football is each game brings a different scenario,” Alexander said. We’ll take into account how Scunthorpe play. But I’m a great believer in sticking to our principles, in playing our own game. Over the course of the season, if we do that we’ll win enough games. It was disappointing on Friday but we go into tonight looking for three points.

“We’re still positive and we still believe in ourselves.”

Fleetwood’s players have an extra day’s rest on their Iron counterparts and Alexander is looking for a response from his men.

He said: “I was a long journey for us on Friday. But we’ll look after the players between the two games. We’ll want to be fresh and we’ll want to win the game. We want to respond in the right manner.

“We went down to Southend looking for three points. We didn’t get it so we go into this game looking to respond and get a positive result.”

“We want to stay where we are in the table and keep picking up those points.”

David Ball started at Roots Hall in place of Jamille Matt.

And Alexander revealed the busy fixture list played a big part in his decision.

“I just thought, we’ve got three games in a week. We needed fresh legs. It’s a hard shift up there. I thought David Ball was the right man. He makes us pass better and I think first half we did that.”

And he believes the move to replace Matt with Ball might have paid off had Town put on a better show after the break in Essex.

“Second half we lost a little bit of belief in the way we were playing,” he said. “When we do that it’s hard for Bally. Had we carried on the way we did first half we would have been fine.

“But we’re human, we make mistakes and on Friday it didn’t work out for us.”

Fleetwood dropped out of the automatic promotion places following Friday’s 2-0 defeat.

Taking stock of the season so far, Alexander said: “As a return it’s OK but I think we could have had a couple more points. A couple of defeats could have been draws.

“Then again a couple of wins could have been as well – that’s the kind of team we are.

“We score a lot of goals late on and we’ve got that mentality We’ll continue to play in that attacking vein and see where it gets us.”

And he won’t get overly worried by Town’s league position, just as he didn’t get excited when they broke into the top three.

“It’s three points every game, that’s all. That’s how it will be all the way to April.”