No stone unturned for Fleetwood boss on mission for consistency

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander admits he’s considering personnel changes as he looks to address problems in his Fleetwood Town squad.

Town’s 2-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday was the seventh of the campaign.

And although Alexander’s side’s impressive tally of 10 victories is keeping them in the promotion chase, the Fleetwood boss made it clear his side are being beaten too often to sustain a credible challenge.

“We can’t shy away from the fact we’ve only drawn one game,” said Alexander.

“We’ve won just as many games as anybody else, scored more goals than anybody else but we’ve lost too many for a team that aspires to be up there.

“It’s our goalscoring and winning record that’s got us up to where we are.

“Now we have to add that bit of steel, mentally and physically, to make sure we don’t get beaten in games like Tuesday’s .”

And the Fleetwood boss is now looking to carry out a wholesale review of his Fleetwood team in a bid to start grinding out points.

It’s a job which starts on the training ground but Alexander believes it could go further.

He said: “We have to work on it in training, show the boys how to do it. And we might have to look at the personnel.

“We have to look at everything. We have to look at the amount of defending we do in training of a week and how much emphasis we put on it.

“We’ve got attacking players, goalscoring players and maybe we have to coach them a little bit on the defensive side.

“Wherever you play there are two parts to the game –creating opportunities for yourself and doing right for your team, and then there’s stopping your opponent.”

The Town boss was still looking for positives from Tuesday’s reverse at the Crown Ground. And he is holding on to the fact the mistakes which proved so costly late on at Accrington can easily be corrected.

It’s something Alexander, who mark a year in the job at Fleetwood next month, is desperate to get to work on, particularly with fifth-placed Town still only two points behind leaders Oxford, who head to Highbury on Saturday.

He said: “The positives that come out of the game on Tuesday are that these are mistakes we are making which can easily be put right.

“We see that things can be rectified and we’ll work on that now. We didn’t have a lot of time after the game on Saturday to work.

“We’ve got another day now to get some real work done and we’ll do it.

“We should have more points now than we do have but we’re still in a great position.

“We’ll just have to see what’s happened come 5pm on Saturday.

“We want to get three points and get a run going, and we’ll be going all out to do that.”

Late mistakes, one from Charlie Taylor to concede a penalty, another from Ryan Cresswell to allow Kayode Odejayi space to shoot, proved costly at the Crown Ground.

But Alexander believes there were clear signs of improvement over Saturday’s last-ditch 5-4 victory over Mansfield Town.

He said: “I think the back four did really well. They were massively improved.

“That’s why I didn’t think we were in danger of losing. It wasn’t like we were looking like conceding a goal any minute. It wasn’t like that.

“The penalty came out of nothing. It wasn’t a bout of pressure but it put us on the back foot.”