Town make experience count

Jimmy Ryan
Jimmy Ryan

Chris Lucketti insists Fleetwood fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves despite a goal-packed week.

Town kick-started their League One campaign with back-to-back victories - 4-3 away at Bury and 4-0 at home against Colchester United.

They will travel to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday brimming with confidence.

But assistant manager Lucketti insists with such an inexperienced squad there are likely to be both highs and lows this campaign.

He pointed out Fleetwood, who released 17 first team players in May lost more than 1,000 games of Football League experience, most of which has not been replaced.

“The signs are promising,” said Lucketti

“We’ve lost probably 1,000 league games which in terms of experience at this level is a lot.

“The lads who have come in are all lads with promise, all lads we think can go on and have good careers but that’s going to take time.

“There are going to be ups and downs this season.

“We’re going to have to understand that and know that’s how it’s going to be.”

Stephen Jordan was the most experienced man in Fleetwood’s starting eleven, a side with an average age of under 24.

Conor McLaughlin, David Ball, Jamie Proctor and Jimmy Ryan were Town’s other experienced hands, each with a couple of hundred games to their name.

But it was two of Town’s young guns who caught the eye in Graham Alexander’s new wing back formation - Tyler Forbes and Amari’i Bell.

And Lucketti was delighted with how they influenced the game.

He said: “They are both great athletes, Tyler and Amari’i - both with bags of pace.

“They’re both young lads, Tyler’s played about 10 games and Amari’i the same.

“In terms of experience they’ve got very, very little.

“It will take time for them, we’ll have to be patient.

“But on Saturday with their athleticism, their attitude, their will to win and the running power they have they were different class - it turned the tide in our favour.”

Fleetwood’s dressing room has been boosted this summer with the arrival of a couple of new characters - strong personalities and experienced players able to give the side a lift.

And Lucketti made it clear Town’s recruitment had been targeted to ensure their limited budget went as far as possible.

“We’re a very young squad,” he said.

“With the likes of Bobby Grant, Stephen Jordan, Jimmy Ryan we’ve got good characters.

“We did our homework - we realised we needed two or three experienced lads.

“Those we have brought in have been tremendous.”

Lucketti might not be getting swept up in the confidence surrounding Highbury right now.

But he admits the players will be raring to go at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

“The result at Bury really lifted the lads,” he said.

“You could tell the excitment - they couldn’t wait to get started on Saturday.

“When you’re getting results like that you just want the next one to come.”

Ash Hunter was on target as Fleetwood Town’s development squad registered a 1-0 win over Burnley yesterday.