Alexander: There’s a long way to go

Fleetwood Town celebrate their opening goal of the season
Fleetwood Town celebrate their opening goal of the season

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander insisted after the win over Dagenham and Redbridge: “Saturday was a step-forward, but we are a long way from where we want to be.”

He added: “It was a great start with two goals in 10 minutes, and I thought we took our foot off the pedal a little bit after that.

“Their front three were a threat, but in the second half we got to grips with it and scored a third, so it is a pleasing start - we did well, but there is room for improvement.”

Alexander (right) commend the delivery and execution of two of the goals, both headers from corners.

“They were great balls in and you have to have great intent to get across your man and score – Ryan Crowther’s delivery was fantastic, but then you have to have people who really want to get on the end of them and score.

“David Ball’s work was fantastic too – he worked his socks off and deserved a goal.

“It’s a long season and we won’t get carried away – whatever the result had been on Saturday, we would have kept our focus.”

Fleetwood will check on the fitness of Junior Brown who left the field late in the second half.

The Town boss said: “Junior got a clout on the head, but it was just a bit of dizziness, so we took him off – I don’t think it is too serious.”

Daggers’ boss Wayne Burnett bemoaned his side’s poor defending and the concession of two early goals.

He said: “That’s what happens when you don’t mark at set-pieces, especially with two centre-halves like Mark Roberts and Ryan Cresswell.

“You come to any place and give them a 2-0 start, then you have a mountain to climb.

“It a question of players not doing their jobs and you get punished for it.”