Cod Army crucial for Alexander

Fleetwood Town fans
Fleetwood Town fans

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander has made it clear his players will need the support of the Cod Army more than ever as they prepare for their toughest test yet.

Town will find out on Wednesday who they will face in their first League One fixture - the season expected to kick off with a home clash.

Alexander admits it’s a step off the map for him as well as his Fleetwood side.

But he’s ready to meet the challenge head on.

He told The Gazette: “It will be a tough challenge.

“We’re going into uncharted territory for a lot of players.

“It’s new for myself too, as a manager and the club.

“But what we’ve got is a fantastic spirit and a fantastic will to succeed and we have to take that into next season.”

The spirit Fleetwood carried into the play-offs was one of gritty determination and belief they wouldn’t be beaten.

It was an attitute inspired as much as anything by the Highbury faithful, who picked Alexander’s side up after a shocking 4-0 home thrashing by Plymouth Argyle.

The Fleetwood manager still regards the response to that game as one of the crucial moments of the campaign.

And he knows the Fleetwood faithful will be needed again as Town square up to the challenge of life in League One.

He said: “In professional football you always want to be looking for that next step, to be moving forward.

“The supporters have been fantastic for us and we’ll need them again. They made us believe at times we could turn any situation around.

“The confidence and belief we took into the play-offs came from them.

“We’ll need them next year, I have no doubt.

“There’ll be times when we’re not doing as well as we’d hoped.

“But if everyone sticks together as they did last season we’d hope the result will be what we want.”

Fleetwood fans are hungry for more success, having enjoyed six promotions in 10 years.

But Alexander insists there’ll be no targets in the third tier of English football, with the focus set on performances.

He told The Gazette: “We’re not setting any targets.

“What we do want to do is compete every Tuesday, every Saturday and make sure we’re tough to beat.

“That’s our mission.

“It’s about moving the club forward but we understand the challenge.”

And when the fixtures are released, Alexander insists won’t get wrapped up in one or two games - despite former club Preston North End and boyhood favourites Coventry City being on the calendar.

“It’s a division full of quality,” he said. We know we’ll have to work hard. There’s big games for the club and big games for each individual.

“I’m not looking at one or two big matches. It’s about wining as many as we can over a season of 46.”