Alexander: Fleetwood have to improve

Graham Alexander and Chris Lucketti watch the action in Germany
Graham Alexander and Chris Lucketti watch the action in Germany

Graham Alexander admits there are improvements to make as Fleetwood Town have failed to make pressure count in their pre-season defeats.

Town have narrowly lost to Alemannia Aachen, Borussia Dortmund B and AFC Fylde in their warm-up games to date.

And despite being pleased with the fitness gained over three 90-minute matches, Alexander knows the hard work is about to begin to transform his squad into a group capable of holding their own in League One.

He said: “We’re here to work the players hard which they’ve done. We need to learn where we need to improve as a team and as individuals.

“There’s a lot of players here playing in a professional first team for the first time.

“They’re learning what it’s all about and what’s needed. We’re learning about them too and where they’re standing in the pecking order.

“On that side of things it’s been a great exercise for us. Physically the players have stepped up again and worked extremely hard.

“When we get back to England we’ll continue to work hard and look for more improvement.”

Alexander admits seven days in Germany had opened his eyes to what was required before the big kick-off on August 8. We’ve got a clearer idea of what we have in the squad now than what we did 10 days ago,” he said.

“There were certain aspects in the game that we need to improve on.

“If we’d have hung on to win 1-0 then I’d still be looking for improvements in certain areas.

“The boys now know what’s needed from them and that was the whole reason for coming away. We’ve got everything we’ve wanted to take out of this trip.

“The players have worked extremely hard and have done everything that was asked of them.”

Town have undergone a major rebuild over the summer. And Alexander is glad his players got to spend time together as a group.

He said:”They’ve got closer to each other as people because there’s a lot of new faces in the group. We’ve basically reinvented the squad over the course of the summer and it’ll take a lot of weeks and months to make sure we get it bedded in.”