Date: 19th July 2015 at 7:54pm
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Fleetwood slipped to a narrow defeat to Alemannia Aachen this weekend as we brought down our time in Germany.

Jack Sowerby netted our only goal in the game, but manager Graham Alexander started with a different side to the one that begun against Borussia Dortmund B in midweek as he looked to give the youngsters an opportunity to shine.

Sowerby did give us the advantage early on in the game as he struck the ball home after Jamie Proctor had shaken off his defender, and Proctor was a handful for them all game long.

Of course our opposition had chances of their own and Brendan Moore was called into action early on as well, and they certainly caused us trouble all game long from set pieces.

It was a relatively evenish game though and they levelled the scores on the 36 minute but we probably should’ve gone into the half time break with the lead once more but as Vamara Sanogo raced through he lifted his effort over the ball.

For a fuller match report please click here.

With further chances falling our way in the second half, our hosts found the winner though just after he hour mark and could’ve made it three to be fair shortly after – however the gaffer would’ve been pleased with how we chased the leveller ourselves but just unfortunately it wouldn’t come.

Fleetwood:

Moore (Maxwell 38), Forbes, Andrew, Bell, Jonsson, Jordan (McManus 65ish), Sowerby (Ryan 45), Wright (Deacon 45), Proctor, Sanogo (McLaughlin 65ish), Haughton (Trialist 45).

Subs:

Pond, Carwright, Sarcevic, Matt.

Goal – Sowerby (5).

Speaking after the game, Alexander said he’d been pleased with the work ethic shown by the team across our week at the camp.

“Today was another good workout against another good team. We were disappointed though not to extend our advantage after taking the lead. We’re here to work the players hard which they’ve done. We need to learn where we need to improve as a team and as individuals. There’s a lot of players here playing in a professional first team for the first time. They’re learning what it’s all about and what’s needed. We’re learning about them too and where they’re standing in the pecking order.”

Alexander went on to say that he felt the players had stepped up once more again and from a physical outlook front it had been a great week for us in our build up, but of course returning to England now the work doesn’t stop but we certainly have a ‘clearer’ idea of where we are in the plans now ahead of the new season.

“There were certain aspects in the game that we need to improve on. If we’d have hung on to win 1-0 then I’d still be looking for improvements in certain areas. The boys now know what’s needed from them and that was the whole reason for coming away. We’ve got everything we’ve wanted to take out of this trip. The players have worked extremely hard and have done everything that was asked of them.”

Being away together he also acknowledged the benefits for the new faces in the camp in terms of team bonding as well which is always a positive of travelling abroad for a period.

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