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Town 'did not turn up'

6 February 2013

Mark Bowley says Fleetwood youth’s simply did not turn up in their 3-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

by Sam Gilliland

Mark Bowley says Fleetwood youth’s simply did not turn up in their 3-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

The young Cod Army struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a side that sat below them in the table before the match, and were punished by the visitors goals in both halves. Bowley, who has been working to develop the players alongside Mick Horsfall and Steve Carlin , believes they needed to work much harder. He said: “We just weren’t at the races against Shrewsbury. “On the back of three very good victories, I think we thought that we just needed to turn up to get a performance and result, but you need to work hard against good teams like Shrewsbury. “I think there was one or two of the players that were trying to kid the coaches. If you want to win games of football then you’ve got to start putting the work in. One or two of them were shirking their responsibilities. Fleetwood have found scoring goals harder to come by in recent matches, and Bowley insists creating more chances is an area of improvement for the team to focus on. He added: “Creativity has become a little bit of a problem for us in front of goal. Our goals for is not brilliant. “We’re trying to get the boys to be brave going forwards, but it was difficult because in this game because Shrewsbury had a very organised defence. “We went to a four-four-two formation towards the end and it seemed to spark the lads up a bit, and I thought Shrewsbury’s second goal was against the run of play, but we certainly didn’t deserve anything out of the game.

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