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Alexander: We can go up

Graham Alexander insists promotion is still in Fleetwood's hands, despite a top-three finish extinguished by a 1-1 draw with Southend.

The Cod Army's failure to win sent both Rochdale and Scunthorpe up, even though the latter lost, and Graham Alexander's men must hope Chesterfield lose to Burton on Sunday ahead of their meeting with the Spireites next week.

Southend bossed the opening exchanges but found themselves behind eight minutes before the break. Kevan Hurst gave away a free-kick on the left-hand side of the penalty area and Steven Schumacher's low ball evaded everyone and sneaked into the far corner.

The home side's lead lasted just three minutes, however. From a corner from the right, Ben Coker's ball flew past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, and Barry Corr scored with a free header at the back post to haul the Shrimpers level.

Alexander said: "In the first half we struggled against the windy conditions.

"We fell into a lull and invited pressure.

"We took the lead and wanted to take it into half-time.

"We conceded a poor equaliser, then forced the issue second half but couldn't find a way past them.

"Our destiny is still in our own hands, even if we go into the play-offs it's in our own hands.

"If that's the way it goes we'll give it our best shot.

"We'll just see what's at stake next week.

"Whatever happens we'll go into that game at Chesterfield wanting to win and keep up the good run we are on."