Alexander: I know Morecambe will want to get one over on us

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander insists the tables are turned as his side embark on their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign.

Fleetwood Town saw off four League One clubs on their way to the Northern Area Final last season - losing 3-2 on aggregate to Chesterfield over two legs.

Tranmere, Crewe, Carlisle and Rotherham were Town’s victims on that cup run.

But Alexander knows this time around his team are the scalp everyone, not least Morecambe boss Jim Bentley, wants to take.

He said:”I can imagine the conversations going on at Morecambe today and tomorrow about coming to their local rivals who have been promoted.

“They’ll want to put one over. That’s what I’d be saying.

“I don’t think Jim is any different. I can imagine at this level we will be a scalp.

“If we come up against any League Two team it’ll be that way. That’s exactly how we saw it last year.”

Fleetwood sit second in League One having conceded just one goal in open play since the start of the new campaign - Darius Henderson’s header in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient.

They’ve managed that strong run despite missing key players through injury.

The treatment room crisis limited Alexander’s chances of making changes in the Capital One Cup three weeks ago.

But he’s hinted there will be opportunities for a number of players tonight.

“We can make changes,” he said.

“It’s not going to be massive changes because the numbers aren’t great but the players who have been on the bench can get game time.

“Whichever team we put out they are there on merit and there to do a job.

“We want to help those players maintain their match fitness and push for the first team spot.”

Alexander will come up against two players he let go, Shaun Beeley and Alan Goodall, and is expecting both to be fired up.

The Town boss said: “They were both here when I came here.

“Beels left us a while ago and went to Morecambe and did well.

“Goody obviously left in the summer and he’s a fantastic lad, a great professional.

“It was a really tough decision at the time, it really was. I knew he would go somewhere else and do a great job.

“I spoke to Jim in the summer about him. Morecambe have had a great start to the season and Goody has played a part in that.

“It’ll be good to see both of them but I’m sure they’ll be looking to put one over on us.”