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EXTRA TIME WILL HAVE NO BEARING FOR EITHER SIDE

12 August 2016

Manager Graham Alexander believes, despite Tuesday night’s extra time victory over Notts County being a tough physical test, it shouldn’t impact too much on this weekend’s clash at Fleetwood.

Both sides had to play an additional 30 minutes in their EFL Cup matches in midweek, with Uwe Rosler’s side going the full distance, as they lost on penalties to Leeds United.

Alexander is confident that his players will have more than enough recovery time though, and believes the Cod Army will also.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “It’s so early on in the season. It’s not like it’s come after a gruelling 40 games, and I certainly think my players will be fit enough to go again on Saturday, and I’m sure Fleetwood’s will be.

“I don’t think that’ll have any major bearing on the game, I think it’ll come down to the usual aspects, and who does them better, but I’m just focusing on what we can do.

“I want us to continue on from the quality performance we put in on Tuesday, where we played a lot of good stuff. It was a really pleasing night, but we’ve got to go and follow it up on Saturday.”

Saturday’s match will see Alexander return to Fleetwood for the first time since he left the club at the beginning of last season, and he says it’ll be good to catch up with some familiar faces once again.

“I’ve still kept in touch with a few people over there, because there are loads of great people who showed myself and Chris (Lucketti) great support,” he explained.

“A lot of the staff which are still there, I brought in, and the majority of players from my time are still there - whether I inherited them or brought them in.

“I’ve not got any hard feelings about what happened there. I moved on, they’ve moved on, and I’ve come to a quality club, and I’m working with great people - so I’m in a happy place.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Jordan Clarke and Josh Morris on the Iron PlayerHD.

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