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
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.