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Eyre: We are fully committed to Leicester cup tie

First team coach previews cup tie at Premier League side

27 August 2018

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Town’s first team coach Steve Eyre faced the media on Monday morning ahead of the club’s trip to Premier League side Leicester City in the Carabao Cup second round.

The 46-year-old joined the club alongside Joey Barton and Clint Hill before pre-season and is relishing in his new role on the Fylde Coast, and believes there’s much more to come from the side. 

The Cod Army are unbeaten on the road since the start of the new campaign and will be looking to extend that run against Claude Puel’s side at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Here’s what Steve Eyre had to say ahead of the match…

On the three games in six days…

“Fatigue can play a part, however we have 20 plus players in our squad and if the manager was ever to roll out a training game with 11v11 with two different teams, there really wouldn’t be much difference between the two.

“This is credit to how the club has recruited and with how the players have developed. I know who plays against Leicester, and whoever plays on Saturday will be well equipped.

“The training levels are phenomenal; the recovery that the players get as well as the personalisation that each player receives is second to known. The knowledge that comes from the medical team has really helped us and it has shown as we’ve looked fitter than any team we have come up against.

“We are all good on the fitness and physical side of things, and if anybody does come in, they’ll have to be better than what we have already got.”

On the game against Leicester City…

“This is a game we are all looking forward to. We want to test ourselves against the best and we hope they are at full strength. Realistically for a club like us we will take it round by round and game by game.

“Leicester, despite the size of the other Premier League club, they could look at it as a competition they could go on and win. We will take them on tomorrow night and be as best prepared as we can.

“It’s hard to prepare for as we won’t be sure what kind of team they’ll choose, but I know this is a competition they can win.

“For us to be in this round against Leicester, it will be a great tie and one Leicester will know that we are fully committed to.”

On Jamie Vardy being suspended for the game at the King Power...

“We would have liked him to play as he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League, and he is an England international.

“He developed really well whilst at this football club and for us we really want him to play to test ourselves against the best. We want to be playing against teams like Leicester City every weekend and one day reach the Premier League.”

On how his role is going at Fleetwood…

“The job is going great here and we knew when we joined that it was a fantastic club and one that is growing all the time. I am grateful for the opportunity and with Joey Barton on his first managerial job, he was clearly ready.

“We are now well into the job and the games are coming thick and fast and what we are committing to the players, we are getting back in equal measure and that is something that is pleasing us."

Watch Steve's full pre-match press conference in full on iFollow. Click here to check it out.

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