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Chicksen relishing left back battle with Crainey

4 March 2015

Loan star has forged a good partnership with Morris on the left

Adam Chicksen believes competition for a left back berth between himself and Stephen Crainey is healthy as Town prepare to take on Sheffield United on Saturday.

Chicksen arrived on the Fylde Coast last Friday after penning a month-long loan deal from Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.

He made his debut in last weekend’s 3-0 reverse to Chesterfield before making his home bow in last night’s 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United.

With Crainey returning from a two game suspension for this weekend’s game at Bramall Lane, Chicksen is hoping he has done enough to retain his place in the starting 11.

He said:  "These are the games I thrive in and want to be playing in. To have this game coming along as well as Preston in my time here as well is great.

"There's competition all the time and it's what you're going to have day in, day out. You've got to keep your levels high to earn your shirt. I'm not afraid to fight.

"I'm a professional footballer. I don't want to be sitting in the stands or on the bench as that's not the type of person I am. I want to prove what I can do."

Chicksen has built up an impressive partnership with winger Josh Morris during his two displays so far, and is keen to further develop their understanding.

"We've got a great partnership going. The understanding we've got after one game feels like I've been playing with him for a while.

"Hopefully we can build on that and really go at teams down this flank."

Reflecting on Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Iron, the former MK Dons man felt it was two points dropped rather than one gained.

"The performance against Scunthorpe after losing at Chesterfield shows the character in the changing room.

"It's disappointing to have drawn the game though as I thought we were on top for most of it.

"It's just those little bits of concentration after we get the goal to see out the first few minutes.

"That's where you need the real concentration to get the three points and to make sure you're switched on.

"But it was a good performance after a bad result.

"We really pushed them for the three points."

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