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Stephen Jordan hoping for Play-Off success

5 May 2014

?By Tony Leighton

LIVE: The Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Football League 2014

Fleetwood Town's Stephen Jordan is aiming to make up for a missed Play-Offs opportunity by helping the Cod Army reach then win the Sky Bet League 2 final.

Full-back Jordan, alongside the now Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander, was part of the Burnley squad that in 2008/09 won the Championship Play-Offs.

Jordan played in every round of the League Cup as the Clarets reached the semis in that memorable campaign, but sadly injury ended his season prematurely.

"I was gutted to miss those Play-Offs," he said, "but I enjoyed the day at Wembley. It's a great occasion if you win, and hopefully we'll win this year."

If they are to have a Wembley trip then Fleetwood must overcome York City in the two-leg semi-final, the first leg of which will be played at York on Saturday.

Having finished fourth in the table and York seventh, the Cod Army will be favourites to go through and contest the final on Monday 26th May.

But Jordan warned: "We've got to be careful about York, because they're a good team. But we can beat anybody in this league, so we'll go in feeling confident.

"Over the last few games we were close to getting into the automatic promotion places, and I know that when you finish fourth there can be a bit of a flat feeling.

"I'd rather do it automatically, but if we do it though the Play-Offs that's fine - and it's very much in our own hands to win three games and go up that way."

Jordan has been back in the starting line-up for the last four games following an injury that has frustratingly kept him out of action for much of the season.

The former Manchester City player joined Fleetwood last July after spells with Sheffield United, Rochdale and Dunfermline Athletic, following his departure from Burnley.

Now the 32-year-old defender is looking to help the Cod Army reach League 1 at the end of what is only their second season as a Football League club.

"It's been a successful season already," said Jordan. "We got to the area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and then we almost got automatic promotion.

"Only a short time ago we were non-league, so it's been great strides for the club. Now we know that we can go and win these Play-Offs - and that's the aim."

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