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Nicholson pleased with healthy position in group after Morecambe win

3 October 2017

First team coach Barry Nicholson says Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Morecambe in the Checkatrade Trophy has put Fleetwood Town in a very healthy position in Group A.

A Wes Burns stunner and an Aaron McGowan own goal made it two wins for two for the Cod Army, all but sealing a safe passage through to the knockout stages.

Nicholson spoke to the media after the match, and was happy with the evening’s work.

“We’re pleased,” said Nicholson.

“There’s a lot of positives to take from tonight – we have six points out of six in the group and we’ve got players who needed minutes on the pitch. Overall a pleasing night for us.

“It was really important we got back on the winning track, and we were probably looking for a clean sheet but unfortualty we didn’t get that.

“We want to get back to that solid base that we were so good at last year. We’re in a healthy position in the group going into the last game.”

Nicholson reserved praise for striker Burns, who got his second goal in as many Checkatrade Trophy games on Tuesday.

“We’re delighted for Wes – getting his goal and being involved in the second goal as well,” added Nicholson.

“I think he performed really well and we needed to get people on the pitch who have been chomping at the bit for a game, and this was the perfect opportunity to do it.

 “It was a great strike for the first goal and he worked ever so hard and got some great opportunities down the right in the first 15-20 minutes and deserved his goal.

“The second goal was really direct and that’s what we asked him to be. The gaffer used the word imagination – to go and drive at people and link up play and he certainly did that. I can’t see him claiming the own goal, but he certainly played a big part in it.”


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