Midfielder wants Exeter reaction
Steven Schumacher says he and the rest of the squad are itching to set the record straight when they face Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium this Saturday.
Fleetwood slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Exeter City at the weekend– their first loss after winning four consecutive matches in all competitions – and Schumacher believes two moments of poor defending cost Fleetwood when the game should have been more comfortable.
Town will be looking to get back to winning ways at the first attempt, a feat they have achieved following every defeat so far this season.
Fleetwood drew 0-0 at Rovers last season before losing 3-0 at Highbury and Town will be looking to win their fourth away game out five to get back to winning ways with two crucial home games to follow.
Speaking to Cod Army Player following the Exeter game, Schumacher said: “We were really disappointed. We should have got something from the game especially after taking the lead.
“We worked hard to get that goal after Exeter came here and didn’t make it easy for us, they sat back in the first half and the pace of the game was quite slow.
“I felt in the second half we came out a bit brighter and we deserved our lead. It was just two bits of bad defending and that have cost us the game.
“We still managed to create chances against a side who are pretty well organised and have some good players.
“If we had took one more of those chances and created a cushion it could have been different. As it was, it wasn’t meant to be and it is just two bits of bad defending that has cost us the game.”
The 29-year-old midfielder got another 90 minutes under his belt as he continues to build towards regaining full fitness and although he said he was disappointed with the defeat to Exeter, Schumacher insists he and the squad are itching to put things right at the weekend when they travel to Bristol.
The Pirates go into the game on the back of four league games without a win – a run of results that has seen John Ward’s slip to sixteenth in the table and Schumacher wants Fleetwood to use this game as a stepping stone to another run of consecutive wins.
“I am just trying to get through the games and trying to get some minutes under my belt and do my little bit for the team. My passing was ok, it wasn’t to bad, but overall I am just disappointed with the result.
“We just want to put it right. We can forget the promotion word for now because we are only nine games in. We have just got to put this game behind us now going into the Bristol Rovers game and get a result there.
“It is a tough place to go and I think it is important for us to try and go another little run again. When you have set backs, it is important to try and get a couple of wins together like last time.
“We lost the game against Wimbledon and went four unbeaten after that so if we can have a similar sort of reaction, I think we will be ok.
“They’re all big games and Bristol Rovers is the next important one, then we have an important cup game after that and then Chesterfield come up in the league.
“When we are at the top of the league like we are at the moment, they are all big games. Everyone that comes here are going to want to raise their game and then there is a couple of teams who are above us and everybody else around them will make it a big game.
“We are going to take each game as it comes, it’s a cliché, but we just want to try our best and try and get the three points in all of them.”