Promotion still on for Fleetwood Town says Goodall

Alan Goodall
Alan Goodall

Utility man Alan Goodall believes there’s time yet to revive Fleetwood’s automatic promotion hopes.

Town have six games left to close a five-point gap to third-placed Chesterfield.

However, Graham Alexander’s men travel to the Spireites’ Proact Stadium on the final day, meaning promotion would still be in Town’s own hands if they can cut that gap to two in the interim.

And Goodall, who has taken on a deep midfield role having previously played in the back four, believes there are twists to come in the push for League One.

“There’s time yet. There are a lot of points up for grabs,” the 32-year-old told The Gazette.

“It’s just about us keeping up our part, winning our games and hopefully the results elsewhere will go our way.

“We want it in our hands come the end of the season.”

Town need to win one more game from their next five than Paul Cook’s side to make that happen.

And Goodall believes Fleetwood are more than capable of such a feat.

“It’s five points,” he said, “and we’ve still got to go to Chesterfield on the last day of the season.
“We just need to keep going and keeping doing what we’re doing.

“If we have to take it to the last day of the season, we will. We believe we can close the gap and go to their place and win if need be.”

But for a shock defeat at Exeter 10 days ago, Fleetwood’s destiny would still be in their own hands. The 3-0 defeat at St James’ Park was a blow to the Highbury’s club’s ambitions of avoiding the play-offs, but Goodall insists other sides could easily suffer such a hiccup.

He said: “Exeter was one little blip. “Teams are going to have that.

“Hopefully now it’s the turn of the teams around us and we can capitalise.”

That day on the Devon coast could yet prove a turning point, having forced Fleetwood to take a hard look at themselves in their promotion quest.

“We had to look at ourselves and look at how we set ourselves for the remainder of the season,” explained Goodall.

“There’s a good balance to the side. In the last couple of games we’ve looked well. We’ve looked strong. We just need to continue that.”

That rethink has resulted in the introduction of a new formation – a diamond midfield with Goodall as its rock – which has so far paid dividends, including last Saturday’s highly respectable goalless draw with leaders Rochdale.

“It was a battling performance,” said Goodall of the Highbury stalemate.

“We thought we did enough in the first half to come away with the points.”