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Play-off showdown is ‘all or nothing’ says Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

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FLEETWOOD Town boss Graham Alexander says there is something magical about the play-offs – as he prepares his side to take on a “tough” Burton Albion at Wembley on Monday.

He said:”We’ve got one goal, the same goal we had at the start of the season, trying to win promotion.

“We’ve got a great opportunity to do that.

“It will be a great challenge against a tough opponent.

“But we’ve been facing these challenges all season and there’s one more big one to go.

“We’re looking forward to it. We’re focused. We’ve just got to take that focus into Monday’s game.”

Alexander has plenty of play-off experiences to draw on ahead of Monday’s big games.

He’s been through the mill with Luton, Scunthorpe, Preston and Burnley, winning promotion to the Premier League at Wembley with the Clarets in 2009.

“I’ve been through the lot, semi-finals, finals, success failure, League Two, League One, Championship,” said Alexander.

“I’ve been through a lot over that time and I’ve tried to use that experience for the benefit of the players.

“I’ve not talked to them about my past, I never do that. But I’ve let them know how I prepared as a player, how I went into the games mentally.

“I’ve tried to give that to the players. But you’re talking about 20 individuals and they’ll all prepare in their own way.

“Once we come together we have to have a common approach to what we want to do.

“That’s the job of myself and my staff.”

It’s an experience Alexander knows is difficult to convey to those who have not been there before.

“I think it’s unique in the winner-take all nature,” he said. “It’s all or nothing.

“And it impacts on so much. It’s not like a cup final which is a one-off occasion.

“It drives the next 12 months work. I don’t want to big it up too much, it’s not life or death.

“But there’s magic to the play-offs, it’s kept the season alive for so many clubs.”

“It builds up to this climax, one game.

“It’s a big game and we’ve just got to focus on the football.

“It’s like a cup final and a league rolled into one.”

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