Red letter day at last for patient Titchiner

Alex gets a shot in
Alex gets a shot in

FLEETWOOD Town striker Alex Titchiner is delighted to have been given his chance to shine in front of home fans.

The summer capture from Witton Albion made a long-awaited home debut on Saturday, seven months after his move to Highbury.

The 21-year-old said: “I’ve waited a long time to make my debut at home. I was joking with the lads that I thought we played in yellow!”

Having worn Town’s away strip on his three previous appearances for the club, including the 4-0 win at Morecambe where he made his Football League debut in September, Titchiner said: “It was nice to finally run out at Highbury. It certainly has been a long time coming.”

Titchiner was a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Southend, replacing David Ball, who has been a lone presence up front for Town in recent weeks.

“They’re big shoes to fill,” admitted the young Welshman. “Bally’s worked really hard. “We’ve had a lot of injuries and there was a time when we only had one striker.

“There’s no doubt he’s worked his socks off and done the business for us, but it was great to get on and show the home supporters and new manager what I can do.”

Titchiner has had a fruitful loan spell at Halifax Town this season, scoring a hat-trick against Droylsdon for the Blue Square Bet North promotion-chasers.

The former Crewe trainee insisted he was willing to wait patiently for his chance at Fleetwood.

He said: “I was expecting a loan move earlier in the season, though the management team said I was further ahead than I was expected to be.

“But I wanted to be playing, whether that was here or somewhere else. Halifax gave me the chance to play first-team football and I got goals there. “It was beneficial in a number of ways, getting match sharpness as well as goals, and I ended up being recalled early.”

Titchiner felt his first experience of Highbury football was positive.

He added: “I was itching to get on. You look up at the scoreboard and see how long is left, and you just want to get on and get a goal. I think I put myself about a bit and made some good runs. I didn’t get the goal I wanted, but it was a good point on the back of the tough week we’d had.”

Titchiner insisted everyone at Highbury was working hard to impress new manager Graham Alexander. “It was a clean slate for everyone. There is a new management team to try to impress. The lads are hungry and ready to go.

“On the new gaffer’s first day we played a lot of small-sided games and worked on posession.

“I’ve got massive respect for him. He’s done it at the highest level and is definitely someone to learn off.”