Fleetwood appoint Alexander

Brighton boss Gus Poyet is hoping his strikers can rediscover

their touch in front of goal at Charlton on Saturday.

Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes and Stephen Dobbie have not

found the net in the Seagulls’ last four outings.

Poyet said: “Someone needs to score. The strikers need to play

for the team, understand the way we play and help the team, but at

the same time score and help us win the game.

“These are the things we need to put into consideration and if

they have the chance they need to play their game. If everything

goes alright they are going to have more chances.

“In my group of players there are not many who are really ahead

of the rest. They are very similar and if they are performing well

they have the chance to be in the team in front of someone else.

It’s completely up to the players.

“I say to them ‘show me what you can do, but show me for the


Without playing for themselves they need to start producing

because they are playing in very specific positions. They need to

score goals.”

The 41-year-old moves across Lancashire from Preston, where he

was working as head of youth development having called time on a

professional career spanning over 1,000 games at the end of last


Alexander replaces Micky Mellon in the Highbury Stadium hotseat

and is taking on a first senior management role with the npower

League Two club.

He guided North End for five games last term alongside David

Unsworth in a caretaker capacity before Graham Westley’s mid-season


Despite leading Fleetwood to two promotions in the past three

years and currently seeing them occupy the final League Two

play-off spot, Mellon was sacked in the wake of last weekend’s FA

Cup second-round defeat to Aldershot – the Cod Army’s third

consecutive loss in all competitions.

Alexander’s first game at the helm comes on Saturday at home to

fellow promotion-chasers Southend.