Alexander: York a test for Fleetwood Town

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander is all too aware of the test his side will face against York City on the road to Wembley.

Alexander’s team face the Minstermen over 180 minutes as they hope to win promotion to League One through the play-offs.

But with Nigel Worthington’s York undefeated in 17, Alexander knows it won’t be easy.

The Town boss told The Gazette: “York have had a great second half of the season.

“When the top three was sorted the teams deserved to be in there. When the play-offs were sorted all the teams deserved to be in there too.

“All four teams have got their qualities and their targets. It’s about us now.”

“We’ll go into the York games knowing their qualities. “They are hard to beat and don’t concede a lot of goals. “But we know we’ve got qualities in our own team which we need to show.”

Town made five changes for the visit to the Spireites but threatened an upset as Matt Blair gave them a half-time lead. Alexander said: “At half-time we’d kept them at arm’s length and played the game how we wanted to. Then we reverted to a style that we didn’t want to and conceded poor goals.”

“The first goal was from a set-piece and was really poor, the manner of it and the timing. I’m not going to talk about individuals – that’s between me and the lads – but we have to learn there’s a job to be done. That’s what professional football is about. Set-pieces aren’t the easiest part of the job but it’s black and white what you need to do.”

David Ball, Antoni Sarcevic, Nathan Pond, Mark Roberts and Conor McLaughlin all missed out at Chesterfield but could be key figures at Bootham Crescent. Alexander explained: “We’ve given a break to a couple of players who were looking jaded and a couple who were nursing injuries.

“We’ve also got minutes into players who haven’t played for a while.

“Our target was to be competitive at Chesterfield, which we were, and then have 18 or 19 fit players ready for the play-offs.

“There are definitely positives to take from individual performances on Saturday. We changed the shape too and got what we wanted out of it in the first 45 minutes.”

Blair’s 12th-minute opener proved Town have several players capable of scoring and Alexander added: “We’ve got Jon Parkin in double figures, Gareth Evans has eight, that’s Matty fourth and Josh Morris has been scoring. We’ve got goalscorers in there. It was a great finish from Matty.”

Tickets for Town’s play-off at York go on sale from Tuesday morning, initially to season ticket holders only.

They will go on general sale from Wednesday morning priced £17 for standing and £18 for seats.

Fleetwood have an allocation of 2,100