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Blair starting boost

5 September 2013

Midfielder praises team effort

Fleetwood Town winger Matty Blair has said his side did really to come back from a losing position to emerge victorious against Tranmere Rovers. Town fell behind after 37 minutes at Prenton Park but a Jamille Matt brace guided the Cod Army to a 2-1 victory over the League 1 outfit. 

Blair, a 24-year-old summer signing, said that Town were delighted to get the win their play deserved. “It was a very good effort from the lads and I thought the energy in the team was very good. I thought we played very well at times and when they put pressure on us like we expected them to do, we kept a good shape and counteracted their offence.” 

Blair, who signed in May from York City, has also stated his happiness at being given a chance to show his talent on the pitch. “I was really happy to start the game against Tranmere and I was relatively pleased with my individual performance.” 

He continued by praising manager Graham Alexander by insisting: “We expected a rotated line-up to the last game as he changed things around for the Notts County game. He is giving all of the lads a run out, giving us all an equal opportunity to prove ourselves which is great.”

However, Blair feels his individual performances can improve. “I think a couple of my final balls could have been a bit more accurate. I gave 100% in the game but I do feel I can improve in my match sharpness and fitness which will come naturally through playing games on a regular basis.” 

In an evenly contested game at Prenton Park, it was striker Matt who stood out for the midfielder. He said: “Jamille took his chances really well when they came to him and to be honest I thought he played brilliantly. He worked his socks off in the first half and unfortunately didn't get much success. However he didn't let his head drop in the second half and grabbed two good goals for the team.”

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