Grezza’s positive thinking

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

The glass is half-full, not half-empty for Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander, despite his side squandering a chance to catch up with League One’s play-off contenders.

Town gave away a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s draw with leaders Swindon Town at Highbury.

The manager admitted his players were down in the dressing room after Saturday’s 88th-minute equaliser, but Alexander is pleased with Town’s progress as the League One newcomers pass the halfway point in the season.

“We came out of Saturday thinking it was two points dropped,” said Alexander.

“But in reality it’s a very good point against a very good team.”

The Fleetwood boss has made it clear his side still has plenty to learn.

But with Town looking to give opportunities to their younger players, Alexander knows it will take time before they have the experience to turn solid performances into maximum points.

“We’ve got to take the positives,” he added. “It’s all about how you want to look at our league position, our points tally and our performances.

“It’s whether the glass is half-empty or half-full. For me and my staff it’s definitely half-full.

“We’ve seen loads of positives this season. We just need to add big-game knowledge and big-game management.

“But the natural enthusiasm of our players and our team is to score more goals.

“It’s hard to take that away from players. We want score goals and win games.

“But we maybe have to do things slightly differently.

“There are a lot of players in our squad who are still learning the level we are at but you can see the improvement week by week.”

One thing not lacking from Saturday’s display was fighting spirit. Alexander knows that is vital, with a winnable sequence of fixtures against Leyton Orient, Oldham and Crawley approaching.

But he knows there is far more to producing a side capable of a sustained push.

“It’s rewarding to see the desire to compete,” the manager said.

“We know from our performances over the last 12 months that we’ve got that.

“But we could easily be 10 or 12 points better off. There’s more than one thing that makes a winning team

“We know game management and experience come into that equation. We just need to add into that.”

n Graham Alexander hopes his latest non-league addition can fulfil his potential at Fleetwood Town.

Town have swooped for 19-year-old winger Ashley Hunter from Evo-Stik League side Ilkeston.

Hunter will join Barry Nicholson’s development squad and Alexander said: “Ashley is a young player with a lot of potential. We have watched him a few times and we liked what we saw.

“He has lots of pace, is very skilful and he likes to get on the ball. We have seen enough of Ashley to think he can get into the first team.”

n Scottish Premiership club St Mirren say they have turned down a Fleetwood bid for midfielder Kenny McLean. The Scotland U21 midfielder has made almost 150 first-team appearances.