Date: 28th July 2015 at 5:11pm
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Manager Graham Alexander has reflected well on our three one defeat to Kilmarnock the other day at their Rugby Park.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer was insistent that there were plenty of positives he could take from the game and obviously being pre season he’s not going to let scorelines overly disappoint him at this stage as it is about the bigger picture and making sure that we are ready to hit the ground running for the opening League One fixture of the season next month.

‘There were loads of positives to take if you look beyond the result. I was impressed with the way we played and the chances we created. We had a lot of real clear cut chances from our interplay. The disappointing aspect of it is that we conceded three sloppy goals. We`ve got a players who are really up to speed and are doing excellent, and we`ve got a couple who are not up to speed. We`ve got a strong squad but I felt today in certain instances just at the vital moment we let ourselves down a bit.’

Having said that though he did go on to say that in ‘general’ terms he felt that had been our best performance for a while and he went back to reference again the number of chances we created over the 90 minutes as with a bit more of a clinical edge the scoreline could’ve been a lot different.

‘I know the goals will come because I can see the work ethic of the players, and they`re getting into great positions. The time for winning games is when the season starts proper, but I`m sure they (fans) can see from the performance levels that the players have got a lot of ability.’

With Amari’i Bell grabbing our equaliser on the day – at the point – and it being his first goal for us since joining over the summer, in his own interview he admitted it was a case of mixed emotions as pre season or not, players don’t like to lose games.

‘I feel we did well in some areas today but there are other areas which we need to work on in training. It`s disappointing to lose of course because we need to start getting into the winning habit, but there was a lot of positives in there and if we can build on that then we`ll done well.’

As for his own goal he admitted it was nice to score and get off the mark so to speak, and he felt he took the goal well but he knows given his own performance he could’ve done better so with it being pre season that’s something for him to work on.

‘I haven`t scored a lot of goals during my career so far, so will be eager to get my first goal in the league and score more goals for Fleetwood. It`s still pre-season and there`s still time for us to pick ourselves up and get that winning mentality. We don`t get ourselves down too much but we just need to stay strong.’

Of course the next two games he acknowledges will be bigger tests for us, so we’ll look to take from them what we can again, show further improvement and hopefully we’ll be ready to go when the game against Southend United comes round on August 8.

“The next two games are going to be our biggest tests so we need to be better than what we were today, and improve on some areas.”


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