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Alexander to trim Fleetwood

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander is hoping to streamline his squad when the January transfer window opens.

Alexander has led the Cod Army to consecutive draws against Southend and Gillingham since succeeding Micky Mellon at the Highbury Stadium earlier this month.

Town lie a point outside the play-off places despite failing to win any of their last four League Two games and Alexander believes greater competition within his group can reignite their charge for back-to-back promotions.

"I do think it's slightly too large to be a competitive squad," he said. "It's one of those things we'll be looking at with the chairman and with the other staff.

"Along the way we'll evaluate all the players and see who wants to get on board with how we want to do things and take it from there really."

Alexander moved to Fleetwood from Preston, where he finished his playing career last season before heading up North End's youth development set-up, and he does not envisage changes on the scale of those implemented by Graham Westley at Deepdale in recent months.

"It was obviously quite a big change, especially over the summer," he added. "It was a massive sweep and I've never really experienced anything like that in football before.

"I don't think it will be anything like that here. It's more a case of tweaking and fine tuning it and just keeping players that are competitive to each other because that breeds the right spirit among the squad.

"If players aren't going to play for six to eight months then it's no good for their careers either so there's a benefit for both sides to sort something out."