Fleetwood Preview

After three vital points on Saturday, can the Sky Blues make it two wins on the bounce in the league? The last time this occured was when City beat Gillingham on the return to the Ricoh, which was followed up a week later with a victory over Yeovil. We were placed 5th in the table after that, but now we lie 20th, making it even more imperarive that we pick up three points.

The last time we met the game ended in a 1-1 draw with the game being a fairly action deprived one at the Ricoh. One thing I remember about Fleetwood from that game was how solid their defence looked. I know they conceded one after Simeon Jackson scored but they were hard to break down. It was a point we were lucky to gain to be honest after we went 1-0 down through an Andy Webster own goal. I just hope tomorrow can be a more positive performance.

It will be my first trip to Highbury Stadium and this will complete my attendance at all of the current league one grounds. As my first visit to Chesterfield ended positively, let’s hope tomorrow night can too…

Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium

Form…

The Cod Army are another one of the many sides battling for a playoff berth and they currently lie 8th in the League One table. In their last five games they’ve won three, drew one and lost one. The loss came away at Chesterfield as they fell to a 3-0 defeat, but their most recent game saw them narrowly beat Rochdale.

City will be in confident mood after Saturday’s win and the Sky Blues have picked up 7 points from a possible 15 from the last five games. We have an unsurprisingly inconsistent set of results winning two, drawing one and losing two. That’s been the story of our season really, it seems as when we take a step forward we then take two backwards. Let’s just hope we can start picking up consistent results in what is a pivotal stage of the season…

Squad News…

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander has told the press that Nick Haughton will be out for the next few weeks. The midfielder has severe bruising on his foot and will have no chance of playing tomorrow night. Apart from that, the home side will have a fully fit squad to choose from as they look to make it three wins in a row.

The Sky Blues have no fresh Injury concerns and Tony Mowbray could be tempted to start with the same eleven that defeated the Spireites. However, the news that Jim O’Brien is fit again could alter things as the captain will most likely be recalled to the side.

My Thoughts…

I make no mistake that the game will not be easy, and we’ll have to be at our best to beat a good Fleetwood side. They’ll be confident after picking up two victories in succession and they’ll be determined to beat us and make it three. They’re only a couple of points off sixth spot, so it’s clear to see they have some quality within their side. Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic is a player I do admire, and he could provide the difference between the two sides if he’s on form.

We will be confident also though despite our league position. Saturday’s win would’ve given the players a huge boost, but we’ve got to channel this positivity and pick up a result. I fully believe we can get three points tomorrow (Tuesday) as I can slowly see progression as Mowbray gets to grips with the squad. The defence seems to be getting tighter and the attack have started creating and scoring more, so hopefully a late push away from the bottom can materialise.

We have the potential to do it, but it will be a very tough game. My prediction is a 2-1 win for the Sky Blues!

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