Grezza: Let’s impose ourselves on Pools

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander is looking for his Fleetwood Town side to impose themselves from the off as they look to return to winning ways at struggling Hartlepool United.

Town suffered their first taste of defeat last weekend, 30 horrendous first half minutes leaving them three goals down at the break.

And Alexander is keen to ensure there is no repeat as his team travel to the North East.

He said: “We know where we went wrong last week.

“We know why that first half performance wasn’t up to standard.

“We’re going to go to Hartlepool and make sure the game is played our way and not the other way round as it was last weekend.

“We need to concentrate on our own performance and impose ourselves right from the start as, I think, we did in our opening two games.

“That’s the level we expect.”

Pools have made a poor start to life in the basement division but picked up their first point of the campaign last Saturday at York.

Alexander knows the fixture will be far harder than it appears on paper.

“It will be tough, but aren’t they all?” he told The Gazette.

“They were resolute against York, they really battled for the point.

“They’ve come down nd probably haven’t done as well as they might have expected at the start of the season.

“But we’ll take nothing for granted.

“We’ll go there and put into practice our plans to win the game.”

Town travel today to Hartlepool to prepare for Saturday’s clash and Alexander is hoping to have a full squad at his disposal.

He said: “Jon Parkin’s been back training with us this week.

“We’ll see how he is ahead of tomorrow because he’s obviously missed quite a lot of time and hasn’t had the full week. There’s no new worries from last weekend.”

Town won their opening away game at Plymouth Argyle and will be looking to continue the strong start which has seen them installed by bookmakers as one of the favourites for promotion.

Last season Fleetwood found life on the road easier than at Highbury, something Alexander insists isn’t necessarily going to be the case this time around.

He said: “It’s too early to be talking about home and away form.

“We’ve played three and won two, that’s all we know.

“Last season we did, definitely, struggle at home.

“That’s one of the things we’ve been looking to put right over the summer.

“Maybe being away from home does suit us a little more.

“The focus is on the home side and we can play a little more on the counter, which we did with real success at Plymouth.

“But it’s too early to make a conclusion either way.”

What Alexander is clear about, is the performance he expects from his players.

He said: “We’ve played three league games and , but for one spell of 30 minutes, in which we conceded three goals we know we shouldn’t have, the performances have been strong.

“That’s what we need at Hartlepool so we can keep the good start going and get points on the board.”