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Eastham: Confidence and belief is growing

19 March 2018

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Eastham: Confidence and belief is growing

19 March 2018

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Ashley Eastham believes Saturday’s point away at Charlton will build confidence and more belief going forward towards the end of the season.

Eastham – who was named man of the match for his performance at The Valley – spoke after the 0-0 draw at The Valley, which has extended John Sheridan’s unbeaten run as head coach, and also sees the club outside of the League One drop zone.

With the recent results and performances in the last three games, the 26-year-old knows that the team will have more than enough to stay in the league.

“The manager has built a bit of camaraderie within the team,” said Eastham.

“We now believe that we can go to places and pick up all three points, but unfortunately against Charlton, we couldn’t put our chances away.

“It was a hard fought point against a possession based team and we knew we wouldn’t have much of the ball, but we knew we had the players to hit them on the counter attack.

“We weren’t too bothered when they had the ball, our shape was good and then we had the chance to score, and that was showed with the opportunities that we had.

“The players believe we can get out of this situation and with the performance we showed on the pitch,

“All in all, it’s a performance that we can take forward with us into the game on Tuesday.”

Town kept their first clean sheet in the league since the 2-0 win over Bury on 30th December, and the centre half told us what it means when the back door is closed for the whole 90 minutes.

“We haven’t had one for a while which isn’t like us, compared to last season.

“For myself, Cian [Bolger] and the two full backs, we pride ourselves on keeping the door shut and when that happened, it gives the whole team something to build on.

“I have always said that it’s not just the defenders who take credit for a clean-sheet, it’s every player on the pitch.

“Against Charlton we had a good shape, and there were moments when they creates space and things opened up, but we had to put our bodies on the line.

“We are fighting to stay in this league, so every single one of us will throw whatever it take to do that.”

With other results going Fleetwood’s way on Saturday, the club now see themselves outside of the relegation zone, however Eastham stated the importance of taking each game as they come.

He added: “Mentally it is a good thing coming out of the bottom four. The point we picked up was a valuable one.

“Sometimes you can look at a game and feel sorry for yourself for not winning, but we need to take it game by game and keep picking up points.

“You can’t look three or four games ahead as before you know it, you don’t have enough matches to catch up.

“When you look at the table, we need to keep the points ticking over and that will see you move higher up the league.

“Fingers crossed we can go out and get all three points on Tuesday at Rochdale."


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