Neil’s team ‘of the moment’

Fleetwood Towns first team coach Neil MacFarlane.  Photographer Chris Vaughan/CameraSport
Fleetwood Towns first team coach Neil MacFarlane. Photographer Chris Vaughan/CameraSport

Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley’s right hand man Neil MacFarlane believes Town’s penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield United back in November will not have any bearing on tomorrow’s rematch.

Town knocked the Blades out of this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after winning the quarter-final 4-1 on penalties.

But MacFarlane does not think that victory, or the 3-0 defeat Town suffered in the reverse league fixture at Bramall Lane, will have any impact on the mentality of either set of players going into the Highbury clash.

However, Pressley’s no.2 does think that form will play a part in the game.

MacFarlane said: “I don’t think the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory will have an impact. We won that game on penalties and that obviously led us to getting to the Northern Final, but I think that it is about the moment and at this moment we are in good form.

“We have got three wins from four and we have gained some good momentum in that period, and it is important that we continue that tomorrow.”

United have won only two of their last eight games and slipped to 12th in the League One table after back-to-back defeats to Rochdale and former boss Nigel Clough’s table-topping Burton side.

But despite United’s current dip in form, MacFarlane believes United boss Nigel Adkins still has a “formidable” outfit and players who will punish Fleetwood if they are not at the races.

He said: “United have not been in great form but with the squad that they have at their disposal they are a very formidable outfit, so it is very important that we maintain our standards.

“They are a massive football club at this level and they will be striving to get out of this division. One thing is for sure, like any game in this league it will be a tough one.

“I think this is an ‘on its day’ league. That is how I describe it because if you are at it on the day you will win; if you are not, you will get punished and Sheffield United have players at their disposal who can punish anyone.

“But I think it is really important that we just concentrate on ourselves. We are more than a match for anybody in this league.”

But it seems like United will not come to Highbury ready to roll over and let Pressley’s men steamroller their way to a third successive win.

After the defeat to Burton, the Blades are still just four points off a play-off spot and boss Adkins insisted that promotion is still top priority.

He said: “The goal is to get promoted now. We are trying to build something as well but we don’t want this season just to fizzle out.”