Pressley ready to entertain

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley

Steven Pressley insists Fleetwood Town will continue to try to entertain as he looks to put derby disappointment behind him.

Steven Pressley insists Fleetwood Town will continue to try to entertain as he looks to put derby disappointment behind him.

Fleetwood’s defeat at Bloomfield Road will be banished from minds when Town’s players return to training this morning - hoping to move themselves one step closer to Wembley.

The FA Cup means Fleetwood have no game on Saturday but Town are back in action on Tuesday night when Morecambe visit Highbury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

A fourth consecutive home victory would do very nicely for Pressley - who is beginning to see his hard work on the training ground pay off on a matchday.

And he knows his players will be desperate to give themselves a fighting chance of a cup final spot

“The one thing we’ve got to ensure is Saturday doesn’t effect the confidence,” said Pressley.

“I see a growing confidence.

“But we have to use the disappointment as a motivation.

“I’ve heard people say a derby game is just three points.

“It’s not, it’s more than that.

“They mean so much to supporters, they can build momentum, a feel good factor.

“Saturday was an opportunity for us to do that and end a fantastic week with maximum points.”

Fleetwood’s growing confidence on the ball has helped their flair players.

Loan duo Tariqe Fosu and David Henen have impressed in recent weeks.

But it was Highbury’s own Nick Haughton who took centre stage at the weekend, impressing his boss with a late chance that almost handed Town a deserved equaliser.

“It was terrific play from Nick, he’s really creative,” said Pressley.

“We had to go for it, we put a lot of attacking players on the pitch, we got the tackles in.

“Nick’s had a great interchange in a one-two situation and he’s unlucky with a left foot shot.

“There were one or two scrambles I felt we could have done better on, balls flashed across.

“It’s disappointing because when you lose a game when the opposition have had no shots on goal it’s quite amazing –you don’t expect it.”

Fleetwood were unable to convert any of their nine shots on target on Saturday.

But Pressley is determined to keep dominating games and giving fans something to sing about.

He said: “The supporters have been terrific.

“I thank them for Saturday.

“I know the team will continue to play in the same manner and continue to try to entertain them.”

Following Tuesday’s game Town host high-flying Walsall.

The Christmas period brings two crucial road trips, both Crewe Alexandra and Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury are in the pack battling to break away from the bottom end of the table.