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Hughes: A weird but special feeling

25 July 2014

Hughes on captaining the Cod Army against his former side

Matty Hughes has described captaining Fleetwood Town against his former employers, Skelmersdale United, as a ‘huge honour’ as the winger helped guide the Cod Army to their latest pre-season victory.

Fleetwood recorded a 4-0 victory at Selby Place with Jamille Matt recording a brace whilst youngsters Jamie Allen and Tyler Forbes also got on the score sheet.

The day, though, was a special night for the returning Hughes, who admitted it was ‘weird’ facing the side that he left back in January for a shot at League football.

Speaking in the aftermath of the game, the 22-year-old told the Club’s official website: “I loved every minute of it, it was weird, but it was a good result.

“It was a surprise when Chris (Lucketti) told me  (that I would be captain), it was a huge honour.

“They (Skelmersdale) played well, they missed a penalty, but they did themselves proud tonight.”

The winger also nearly turned a memorable night into a perfect night by nearly adding his own name to the score sheet.

Hughes, though, added that the result and increasing fitness levels are more important as Town prepare to step up their pre-season schedule with a long trip north to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday.

“There was one point when I thought I scored, but it wasn’t to be,” Hughes added.

“I would have liked to have topped the game off with a goal, but the boys worked hard and we got the result.

“This is the fittest I have ever been. I feel fine, and I have now played 90 minutes Tuesday and 90 tonight, so I’m very happy and we now have a long trip up north to look forward to.”

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