Pressley: Hard work at Fleetwood only just beginning

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley

Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley is pleased to have stamped his mark on the club but warned his players he’s just getting started.

Town returned to training on Wednesday after a three-day break, part of a six-week training cycle implemented by Pressley on his appointment.

And the Town boss is now looking forward to drilling his men in preparation for Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final showdown with Morecambe.

Town are looking for a fourth consecutive home win, while Pressley is looking for his side to keep up the domination they have shown in recent games.

He’s happy with the signs his side are showing but insists there’s a long way to go until he’s happy.

“I think there’s been continuous progression,” said Pressley of his first six weeks at the helm.

“That has been the key for us. I had my ideas when I came in here of how I wanted us to play.

“To play in the manner I wanted us to we had to work with the group for many weeks, not just in terms of the tactical elements but the intensity levels, the energy levels and the demands we put on them.

“If you’ve seen us over those periods, it’s fair to say there’s been real progress in those areas.

“But the thing for me is that there’s loads of work still to go and loads more still to come.

“But the players, in terms of the way they’ve bought into things, have been great and I’ve been really delighted with their attitude.

“In that respect I’m really pleased but there’s a lot more to come.”

Far from being daunted by the challenge ahead, which includes hauling Fleetwood away from the drop zone, Pressley is excited to be back in the North West and back on the training ground.

And he’s hoping his players can keep up the hunger they have shown and convert it into goals.

“It excited me greatly,” he said. “In the last three or four performances especially, we’ve managed to be the dominant team and to control games.

“That’s been a factor we’ve gradually improved on. I’m still hungry for us to score more goals.

“We scored seven in two games but we drew a blank against Blackpool.

“I want us to be a team that on most occasions scores goals. I want to improve on that.

“In all areas there’s still great improvements to be made.

“But the players have bought in, they’re pushing themselves and at times they are driving the standard and that’s encouraging.”

Town have no game this weekend thanks to their first-round FA Cup exit.

The break gives Pressley extra time to work with his players ahead of Tuesday’s game, which in recent seasons has been dubbed the Seafood Derby.

And he’s glad Town won’t have to face the worst of the Fylde coast weather.

“I think it’s a blessing in disguise,” he said.

“Neil, my assistant, has told me the weather forecast for Saturday has the strongest winds of the year coming in. Maybe it’s a blessing that we aren’t playing.

“We trained double on Wednesday and double Thursday, so we’ll do a single session Friday, day off Saturday and then it’s into preparation for the game.

“It’s been an ideal opportunity to do what we wanted to do at the end of an intense six-week cycle. We’ll be ready to go come Tuesday.”