Proctor: Time running out for Town

Jamie Proctor
Jamie Proctor

Striker Jamie Proctor is hoping Fleetwood Town haven’t left it too late to launch their big push for the top six.

Back-to-back victories over the Easter break pushed Town up to eighth spot - although sixth-placed Chesterfield stubbornly remain four points ahead of Graham Alexander’s men.

Town have five games remaining to turn the tables on the Spireites and exact revenge for the 3-0 defeat at the Proact Stadium - a result which could play a vital role in deciding the play-off race.

Town travel to out-of-form Walsall on Saturday and Proctor knows wins are what is required with time not on Fleetwood’s side.

“We just hope it’s not too little, too late,” he said.

“There’s five games left, each of them is a big game for us.

“We’ve just got to try and win them.

“It’s not in our hands but we’ve just got to concentrate on our own matches.

“If we can win all of them, or a fair number, hopefully that will be enough.

“We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Town have refused to give up in their pursuit of a top-six finish - having spent the majority of the campaign just outside the play-off spots.

Preston-born Proctor, who signed from Crawley Town in the summer, insists it’s been a campaign which has far exceeded expectations at Highbury.

He said: “If you’d have asked anyone at the start of the season - the manager, the chairman, most of the fans, the aim would have been to stay in the league.

“But the way we started, I think people got a little bit of hope and belief we could go on and do something.

“We’ve been consistent and to be in with a chance still is a great achievement given where the club has come from in the last 10 years.”

The 23-year-old centre forward scored one and set up another in Monday’s 4-0 thrashing of Yeovil Town.

It’s a result he believes was well overdue given the way Fleetwood have adapted in the third-tier.

“It has been coming,” said Proctor.

“We’ve put in solid performances both here and away from home.

“But the results have always had just one or two goals in them - when we’ve been beaten or whether we’ve won.

“Against Yeovil we set out, we started well and we created a few chances. Most crucially we took them.

“That’s been the difference all season, maybe the difference between us getting those extra points which would have put us in the play-offs.

“But it’s nice to get a big win in front of a home crowd.”

Clinical finishing was key on Monday, and Proctor believes it’s the difference between Town and the clubs challenging for the League One title.

“It’s the fine margins in this league,” he said.

“The teams at the top just take one or two more chances than sides like us.

“We’ve played well this season, we’ve kept plenty of clean sheets, we’ve defended well.

“We’ve just struggled putting the ball in the net.

“Maybe getting the early goals this time was key.”