Fleetwood boss calls for more fire

Graham Alexander with Nick Haughton
Graham Alexander with Nick Haughton

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander wants to see more attacking intensity from his side when they travel to Barnsley tomorrow, following Saturday’s share of the spoils with play-off rivals Peterborough.

Alexander said: “It should have been three points. We were in control without really forcing the issue.

“We spoke at half-time about not waiting for something to happen before we started forcing it.

“Unfortunately we fell behind to a wonder-strike and we just upped the tempo. It galvanised us to push the issue.

“We did that and for the last 25 minutes we were on the front foot, did everything, caused them all sorts of problems.

“We got the goal we deserved but we’re disappointed thinking it was two points let slip.”.

Alexander believes Posh’s goal was the sharp shock needed to jolt his side into action.

He told The Gazette: “It’s a wonderful strike from the lad, on his wrong foot as well.

“We were right behind it and you could see unless Chris Maxwell made a wonder save it’s going in.

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up. Our attacking play after that was forceful and that’s what we want. We got the goal, hit the crossbar and could have won it.”

Alexander wants to see more attacking flair from his side, adding: “We want to be controlled, we want to be focused but we do want to ask more questions of the opposition.

“We don’t want to force it, I don’t mean as in gung-ho. But you have to be aggressive and have penetration. We didn’t really force it before the break.

“We played the opposition really well without having that sharp edge up front.”

That intensity will be needed at Oakwell tomorrow as Fleetwood bid to stay in touch with the play-off pack.