sport

Alexander: Let's make it six

Graham Alexander has challenged his Fleetwood team to make history by achieving their sixth promotion in 10 seasons.

The Cod Army, reformed for the second time in 1997, beat York 1-0 on aggregate - following Friday night's 0-0 draw at Highbury - and now have the chance to enter uncharted waters by reaching the third tier of English football.

After missing out on a top-three spot, Town now have the chance to join promoted sides Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Rochdale in League One, a berth Alexander insists they deserve.

Alexander can now look forward to leading his side out at the home of English football on 26th May, against either Southend United or Burton Albion, but he says the season will only be considered a success if promotion to the third tier is secured.

"I'm really happy - to get to Wembley is the next step that we wanted to take, it's not the goal, it's not the target, but it's the next step," the former Scotland international said.

"York made it hard for us for a nil-nil. It was end-to-end and a proper play-off game and we're pleased we got there."

The hosts had to weather considerable storms to record their second straight clean sheet, meaning Matty Blair's goal four days ago in Yorkshire settled the semi-final over the two legs.

"When it came down to the crunch the defenders and the goalkeeper were fantastic over the two legs, especially tonight," added Alexander.

"It was one for men and that's what we saw out there. They really came at us from minute one.

"I think we could have played better, been a bit more composed, but to be fair to York they really came at us and on another day they could have pinched a goal.

"But we had chances as well, so it was disappointing we didn't take them, but I thought for a 0-0 it was an end-to-end game."