Fleetwood Town face Aston Villa U21 on Tuesday 6 October at Highbury Stadium in the EFL Trophy, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Aston Villa U21
Competition: EFL Trophy
Date: Tuesday 6 October 2020
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Peter Wright (Referee), Richard Woodward and Chris Isherwood (Assistant Referees), Gary Hilton (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood Town started their EFL Trophy campaign over a month ago as they travelled to Brunton Park to face Carlisle United. That game saw various club debuts but the biggest positive taken from the game was the brace that Harvey Saunders scored in the second half of the game.
Gime Touré opened the scoring for the hosts early in the game, before Callum Camps levelled it up just before the half. Saunders made the difference in the second half as his brace won all three points for the Cod Army in Cumbria.
Town’s most recent game was a trip to the Crown Oil Arena to face Rochdale, and that game finished in a narrow 2-1 loss to Brian Barry-Murphy’s side. Saunders, yet again, was on the score sheet in that game but a late Fabio Tavares goal was the decider on the day.
The Villains didn’t have the start they were hoping for in the EFL Trophy as they lost 8-1 to Sunderland in the first group stage game of the campaign.
Charlie Wyke opened the scoring just 14 minutes into the game with Morgan Feeney bagging a second goal for the side just before the half. Villa came back into the tie soon after the break as Caleb Chukwuemeka was brought down in the box, and Indiana Vassilev stepped up and slotted home from the spot.
The game went downhill from there as further goals from Wyke, Josh Scowen, Max Power, Danny Graham, George Dobson and Aiden O’Brien sealed the win for the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.
COACHES QUOTES AFTER ROCHDALE – JOEY BARTON
“It’s a kick in the teeth because there’s only one team who was looking likely to win that in the second half. On the balance of play, you’ve got to keep the back door closed when you’re trying to win a game.
“It’s frustrating but you just have to go back to what serves you well which is hard work and application in training. You need a bit of luck sometimes to get as good as you possibly could be, but look we’ll be back.
“We’ll be back stronger - we’re keen on getting back to winning ways and we’re going to pick a team on Tuesday night that can beat Aston Villa and then an inform Hull City on Friday.”
Watch Joey’s interview on our iFollow HERE.
WATCH LIVE ON IFOLLOW
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Aston Villa U21 on Tuesday.
With games still being played behind closed doors, the match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army during the 2020/21 season.
Complimentary passes will be distributed to Onward Card holders for any home league games which are behind closed doors, but you can now stream live video of cup and away fixtures for just £10.
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.