Alan Devonshire won’t go to defend at high-flying Fleetwood Town

DESPITE conceding the most goals of any team outside the bottom four this season, Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire will not change his attacking philosophy at second-top Fleetwood tonight.

The Iron have conceded 52 goals this season and they gave away a two-goal lead in the 2-2 home draw with Stockport on Saturday.

However, with Sean Marks and Ben Wright having scored 20 goals between them in the Blue Square Bet Premier this season, and players such as Aswad Thomas and Nicky Symons getting on the scoresheet at the weekend, Devonshire would rather concentrate on his side’s offensive capabilities.

“The one thing we have is a threat going forward and I feel that is what is keeping us in this division,” said Devonshire, who could make changes to his team selection and shape tonight for the six-hour trip to the north west.

“You want to be able to grind out 1-0 wins but that is not our strength and if we concentrate on that, I think we will come unstuck.”


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The Cod Army have only lost once at home this season and find themselves just two points behind leaders, Wrexham.

In Jamie Vardy, they have a striker who has already scored 20 goals this season but Devonshire believes Micky Mellon’s side are more than just a one-man team.

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“I think they are the best side in the league and, along with Wrexham, are head and shoulders above the rest of the division,” said Devonshire.

“But we are where we are on merit, and we will go there and have a go.”

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