Date: 30th July 2015 at 7:45pm
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Manager Graham Alexander has said he’s learning new things about our youngsters all the time and there were plenty of positives he could take from the two nil loss to Burnley in our last friendly.

Two first half goals inside of the opening 26 minutes from Stephen Ward and Marvin Sordell saw to the scoreline but the result alone (it rarely does in pre season) tells the truer story as Fleetwood gave a good account of themselves, and there were minutes for Jamille Matt as well as he continues to recover from injury.

Fleetwood:

Chris Maxwell, Conor McLaughlin, Stephen Jordan, Danny Andrew, Tyler Forbes, Antoni Sarcevic, Jimmy Ryan, Lyle Della-Verde (Bobby Grant 60), Amari’i Bell, Declan McManus (Vamara Sonogo 60), Jamie Procter (Matt Jamille 60).

Subs not used:

Jack Sowerby, Nick Haughton, Akil Wright, Max Cartwright, Andreas Arestidou.

Burnley:

Tom Heaton, Matt Lowton (Cameron Dummigan 46), Michael Kightly, Ben Mee (Tom Anderson 84), Stephen Ward, George Boyd (Fredrik Ulvestad 60), Scott Arfield (Daniel Lafferty 74), Matt Taylor (Brad Jackson 81), Michael Kightly, Marvin Sordell (Lukas Jutkiewicz 60), Jelle Vossen (Sam Vokes 46).

Subs not used:

Michael Duff, Matt Gilks.

Attendance: 3,704 (1,281 from Burnley).

Speaking to the Official Site following the game the gaffer explained he was please to see us make it a really competitive affair, and of course with the problems they caused us it was great preparation for the coming year.

‘We were up against a very good team tonight who have obviously just come down from the Premier League. We gave them a tough game but they gave us one as well. I was disappointed with the two goals again. Between the boxes though I thought we played well, but we just need to find that ruthless streak when we create these opportunities. We need to brush up on a few things defensively too, but there were lessons learnt today for the youngsters as they came up against a tough opponent.’

Alexander goes on to say that nobody benefits from an easy pre season programme – you have to be tested and pushed – and we have been this summer but it’s planned that way and whilst some things could obviously have been better, again our fitness is growing well ahead of the season and there are things being shown up that can be worked on and dealt with.

‘We needed to know who was up to speed and who could play with each other, and we weren`t going to be able to do that against easy opposition. We`ve played teams like this in games like this to make sure we know exactly where we stand on August 8th against Southend United. We`re learning more about the young players and the ones we`ve brought in because and how to get the best out of them. The lads are learning a lot during pre-season and we want to get this experience into them as quickly as possible. When we get to the real thing they`ll hopefully be best prepared as they`ve been physically pushed and have played top opposition over the past few weeks.’

With Matt getting more match minutes under his belt as a second half substitute, in his own interview he explained that he felt passages of our play were very good at points against what was a tough and quality team, but he feels we are showing the improvement we need to.

On a personal level, he’s delighted to be back as well and he couldn’t wait to hopefully play a bigger part in the Getafe friendly.

‘We came up against a decent side tonight who passed the ball well, but I thought we played well at times too. The gaffer wants us to press and that`s what we`re trying to do. We`re still a new team with a lot of new faces so they need time to bed in. We`ve had a bit of a test this pre-season but the gaffer has done it so we can all gel together as a team.’

As for himself, with the injury problems, he admits last year wasn’t really a ‘season’ for him but for now it’s all about match minutes and getting back to where he was.

‘I`m feeling good in myself but I like I say I just need a few more minutes under my belt and hopefully I`ll get that on Friday. We`ve got four different strikers at the Club now and can all do different things. We can complement each other throughout the season. Getafe will be a different kind of test for us because they`ll play a different style of football. It`ll be good for us to see how we adapt against a different style.’

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