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Cairns: The Cod Army can be the 12th man

23 November 2017

Alex Cairns has called on the Cod Army to be the 12th man on Saturday as local rivals Blackpool come to Highbury.

The game looks likely to sell out, and Cairns wants to use that to Town’s advantage as they look to come out on top in the Fylde Coast derby.

This is the goalkeepers first derby in Fleetwood shirt, and is looking forward to the occasion on Saturday.

“It’s a great feeling knowing it’s going to be bouncing at Highbury,” said Cairns.

“We really want the Cod Army to show in full force, be that extra bit louder and be that 12th man to help us create a great atmosphere.

“This will be my first Fleetwood-Blackpool derby, so I’m really excited for it and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

Town go into the game having slipped to a 4-2 defeat away at Walsall on Tuesday night, but Cairns believes they deserved more.

“We’re very disappointed in the result,” added Cairns.

“I thought we had control in the second half and I thought in that half there was only one team that was going to win it.

“I expected us to go on and win it, so to concede those two goals the way that we did in the second half was disappointing. We’ve got to pick ourselves up.

“You don’t really need any more motivation when it comes to any derby game so I’m pretty sure all the lads will want to put the result to bed and do the business on Saturday.”

Town’s stopper believes little should be taken from recent results, saying that the performances in those games have been positive.

“In the last few weeks the results haven’t been the best but I think our performances have been really good.

“I look back at the MK Dons game and we absolutely dominated it and lost 1-0.

“I think that’s the league we’re in. League One’s a very tough and challenging league and sometimes it’s the fine margins that make the difference.

“Being a young squad we have to learn from that and we have to have that bounce back ability, which we had in abundance last year but we need to find that again and bring it back to the table."


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