Grezza pleased with Austria mission

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander is left in no doubt his players come back from their Austrian training camp stronger than ever.

Town rounded off their week in Obertraun on Friday, jetting back to Manchester on Saturday morning.

Two pre-season friendly games were staged in the Alps, along with three training sessions per day.

And the Fleetwood manager believes the hard work has paid off for his squad.

He said: “There’s a great feeling around the camp.

“I’ve been out here a few times.

“It’s the best environment I’ve seen for doing good work.

“You’re isolated, there’s no distractions and you can do three sessions a day.

“We had two sessions before the game on Friday.

“It’s been about testing fitness levels, making sure that when the boys are tired they still make the right decision.

“That’s what it’s all been about.

“We’ve really enjoyed the week.

“It’s been hard work for the players but we come out of it with everybody in a far better position than they were a week ago.”

Town lost narrowly to FC Terek Grozny on Wednesday before beating local side Pinzgau in their second outing.

Alexander believes Fleetwood will gain from the experience of both fixtures.

He said: “We had a great workout in both games.

“The Russian team on Wednesday, we knew they were going to be very good, being in their top flight.

“I think the lads did very well.

“On Friday we didn’t really know the opponent that well but they were a decent team.

“It was a good game for us, a really good game.

“We were slightly apprehensive it wasn’t going to be as big a test as we needed at this stage but it was.

“Some of the lads got valuable minutes under their belt, which is what it’s all about and the attitude shown was first class.”

Fleetwood continue their preparations for their debut League One campaign this week with friendlies against Chorley and Skelmerdale United.

Then the toughness level is taken up a notch with games against Inverness and Partick Thistle.

Alexander knows there’s plenty of work still to be done but believes his squad made the most of their Austrian tour - with the bonus of no major injury concerns.

He said: “It’s pre-season, we’re not getting carried away.

“It’s about preparing.

“But what we came out here for we’ve got.

“We’ve come through relatively unscathed injury wise There’s a few niggles here and there, just with the workload, but you always get that.”

And he couldn’t be happier with the way his team, with new additions Danny Andrew, Keith Southern and Jamie Proctor, has come together.

Alexander said: “The new lads have really been integrated into the group.

“They’ve got a taste of how we work, how we’re going to play.”