Town strike force fallen short

Jamie Proctor is one of Town's top scorers
Jamie Proctor is one of Town's top scorers

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander admits his strikers have fallen short of their potential but is ready to work with them to get the goals flowing next season.

David Ball, Josh Morris and Jamie Proctor are the club’s leading scorers with seven goals each.

Town have scored fewer goals than any other top half side in League One.

But Alexander hasn’t lost the faith in his strikers.

He said: “We know of our concerns on the attacking front.

“It’s been evident in our last three games.

“It’s something we have to address over the summer.

“I do believe a couple of our players haven’t scored enough goals this season for their qualities.

“We’ve got to work with them.

“We know the will is there but they’ve still got things to learn about the game and we’ve got to help them do that.”

Fleetwood’s only target
 remaining for the season is to secure a top half finish – with defender Stephen Jordan telling The Gazette this week finishing outside the top 10 would be a disappointment for the squad.

But Alexander’s men could yet have a say in the battle at the bottom – struggling Colchester United will be relegated if they lose at Highbury on Saturday.

And the Town manager has made it clear there will be no stepping off the gas.

“I don’t want to do anyone any favours,” he said.

“I’m only focused on us as a club and on us doing well, over the season, over these two games.

“We’re a competitive team, we want to win games and we don’t turn that on and off when it suits us.

“We’ll go into these next two games and want to win.

“We care about our jobs.

“We want to finish for our own pride - to take confidence into next season.”

While Alexander is looking to take confidence into the next campaign but he may choose to do it without several of his current squad.

Key men including David Ball, Nathan Pond, Mark Roberts, Jamille Matt, Jeff Hughes, Steven Shumacher, Stephen Jordan, Stephen Crainey and Gareth Evans are out of contact.

And, following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Doncaster, the manager is well on the way to knowing who will stay and who will go.

“I’m pretty much clear in my mind, there’s only a couple of question marks,” he said.

“We’re clear about where we want to go to, what we have in the squad right now.

“It’s a chance now of giving these lads an opportunity.

“But they’ll only get the chance if they earn it.”

Whatever the personnel next term, Alexander is keen to build on Saturday’s shut out at the Keepmoat - having seen his side concede late goals too many times in tight games this season.

“I thought the players responded really well to what had happened in the previous week,” he said.

“Conceding late has been an Achilles heel for us.

“I think we’ve had a few games where we’ve played better than we did on Saturday and lost.

“There have been games where we’ve had more chances and lost because we’ve conceded at crucial times.

“We need to take that steely determination into next season because we’ll be tested on many occasions.

“We’ve won away from home enough times to be a successful team.

“We’ve probably just not ground out enough results.”