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League Two

Alexander aims for improvement

4 August 2013

Fleetwood made a flying start to the new Sky Bet League Two season but boss Graham Alexander believes there is still more to come from his new-look side.

Debut goals from captain Mark Roberts, Jeff Hughes and Ryan Cresswell netted the Cod Army a 3-1 home win over Dagenham.

Defensive performances from a completely new back line left Alexander particularly happy, but he insists there remains room for improvement.

"We're still a young team in terms of playing with each other, especially with your back four to get to know each other and get the combinations right," said Alexander.

"But I thought they did well with the back four and the midfield three all new players. I thought we did well but there's obviously room for improvement.

"We're definitely pleased, and two of them scored as well and that's the bonus of having players like that."

Looking ahead to their midweek trip to Notts County in the Capital One Cup, Alexander feels his side will take confidence from a strong performance.

He said: "I think all wins are confidence boosters, especially the first one, so we'll go in to the game on Wednesday looking to win the game. We want to be competitive in every game we play so we'll go there looking to win."

Dagenham & Redbridge reduced their arrears to 2-1 after 26 minutes at Highbury.

Medy Elito latched on to a long defensive clearance before squaring the ball across the six-yard box for former Arsenal trainee Rhys Murphy to tap home from less than a yard out for his first goal in League football.

It was at the other end of the pitch though that Daggers boss Wayne Burnett was left frustrated.

"If you don't mark from set pieces that happens, especially when you've got two centre-halves like Roberts and Cresswell. If you don't mark tight that's going to happen," said Burnett.

"If you come to any place and you give a team a one-goal start you have a mountain to climb.

"I've just said to the players you can be the best team for 89 minutes and 55 seconds and have the most possession, pass it nicely etcetera but if you don't mark in the box that's what happens and that's the disappointing thing."

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