Sheffield United: Opponents outline Championship aim

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Fleetwood Town have outlined plans to reach the Championship by 2019 ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture against Sheffield United, writes James Shield.

And Graham Alexander believes the North-West club can fulfil chairman Andy Pilley’s ambition despite competing in the ninth tier of English football less than two decades ago.

Alexandra, who steered Fleetwood to promotion via the play-offs last season, said: “We realise it’s a different challenge at this level. We’re not a big fish.

“We can compete with most teams in League Two or the Conference but that’s not the case now.

“We have to find a different way of competing. That’s what you have to do, that’s the challenge.

“If you don’t compete you die. But the ambition and fire are still there and still burning.”

Earlier this month Pilley, who has spent around £10m bankrolling Fleetwood’s rise through the divisions, predicted Alexander’s squad will soon be equipped to challenge for a top six finish.

But, despite echoing his employer’s sentiment, the former Preston North End and Burnley defender acknowledged that money alone will not help them achieve that aim.

“We have to keep working hard and intelligently,” Alexander said. “But it’s good to be part of a club that wants to achieve, wants to move on and has a desire to improve itself and get better.

“That’s what we all want to do as professionals. Keep moving in the right direction which, hopefully, is exactly what we will do.”

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