On loan striker at the front of the battle
New loan signing Nathan Tyson praised the fighting spirit of the Fleetwood Town squad after their pulsating encounter with Mansfield Town culminated in the Cod Army eventually winning 5-4.
In his first start since last December, Tyson played 85 minutes at the spearhead of Fleetwood’s attack in front of Antoni Sarcevic, who scored a hat trick.
After joining the club on loan from Sky Bet Championship Blackpool on Thursday, Tyson impressed during his first start had a hand in a few of Fleetwood’s goals – most notably Gareth Evans’ opener within 18 seconds.
Tyson admits Fleetwood won the game ‘the hard way’ but showed immense character to firstly come back from 2-1 down and then to steal the game after being pegged back to 4-4.
“It was very interesting and we can learn a lot from it,” Tyson told the Cod Army Player. “We have got the three points, which is the most important thing.
"We have done it the hard way but I think coming out of it we have got to look at how the lads showed great character to come back every time we went behind.
“We’ve got the three points and that’s all that matters, I don’t think we can look to negatively in conceding the goals and we will move on to Tuesday now and hopefully get another three points there as well.”
Tyson admits he is happy to be involved in first team football again, and says although there will be pressure on him score every week; he insists he is just looking forward to playing as many games as he can for Town.
“It’s just fantastic to be involved; there is a great bunch of lads here and everyone has made me feel very welcome here.
“It’s nice, it’s fresh and it’s something different and dropping down two leagues everyone expects you to score every single game, but I am just glad to be a part of something here.
“The lads are fantastic and I am looking forward to the rest of the games I am here for.”
The 31-year-old admitted following the game that he is not quite up to match sharpness as he joked: “I didn’t feel it! I don’t feel sharp, but I think that is just going to come with more games.
“On a more serious note, I am happy, very very happy; this is a great opportunity for myself to get out there playing again showing everyone what I can do.
“The gaffer has given me a lot of confidence and there are some very talented players here and I am looking forward to working with them for the foreseeable future.”
Tyson has joined the club until January 1, and after getting a taste of being up front once again, the forward is relishing the prospect of filling the role of Town.
“I have learnt bits and bobs. Obviously it’s new and as time goes by I am going to learn a lot more, but it’s just getting back to playing up front again.
“It has been a while since I have done that, I haven’t done it since I was at Derby County really, so I am just looking forward to getting used to the roles that I am asked to do out there.”
Fleetwood will make the short trip to face Accrington Stanley on Tuesday evening in Sky Bet League 2 and Tyson is hoping for another three points, but is hoping to avoid another dramatic encounter as he said: “Definitely (more of the same)….. Just not the 5-4.”