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Coyle on Charlton away, the head coach, and keeping the game simple

15 March 2018

Lewie Coyle spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Fleetwood’s game against Charlton Athletic.

Coyle – who featured against Plymouth last time out – is looking forward to the trip to The Valley and knows how important all three points are.

Here is what he had to say... 

On John Sheridan since his arrival…

“He has had a great impact since he came to the club.

“The lads have been keen to impress, and I think in the last two performances, things have looked up.

“We have created a lot of chances in his first two games and it’s just important we get that win sooner rather than later.

“Games are coming thick and fast, and we need to keep plugging away, but I know we will be fine.”

On the positives of recent results…

“It is important at this stage of the season to pick up points.

“If you aren’t winning, it’s vital you keep taking something from the games.

“On the recent performances, I feel we’ve been very unlucky not to come away with the three points.

“That is a positive in itself and it’s something for us to build on.”

On what the new head coach has brought to the team…

“John has given us the freedom to go out and play.

“He wants us to play in the right area of the pitch and with that, he has given us that freedom to express ourselves.

“We know we are good players and good bunch, but we need to put that together and keep showing that belief.”

On getting back to basics…

“Sometimes you can overcomplicate things for one reason or another.

“At the end of the day, there are two teams on the pitch, it’s an even playing field and you have to just go out there and do our stuff.

“We know throughout this season what we have in us, and it’s a shame where we are in the league as it doesn’t reflect on the squad itself.

“At the end of the day, we are where we are, and we have to come through this and stay up.”

On the expectations from last season…

“I think at the start of the season in the first few games the team looked like the one from last year.

“When I came in, I thought we could really do something special.

“But that is football at the end of the day and things can change, and we are where we are at this moment in time.

“We can’t now look back at the start of the season, we need to take each game as it comes now and get the points on the board.”

On Charlton and the away performances this season…

“Every game for us now is a must win.

“Whether we are at home or away, we will approach it in the same way as we need the points. We won’t sit back; we will be going for the win.

“Both teams are obviously trying to score so we have to be defensive when they are on the attack, but going forwards, we are creating chances and that is a plus.

“That is again something we are looking to do this weekend and, in the games coming up.

“With the freedom I spoke about earlier, I am really looking forward to the match this Saturday.”

On how important the balance is within the team…

“The manager has come in and given us the right balance.

“It is a game of football and the cliché is ‘keep the ball out of your net and put it in the other end’ and he is very good at that aspect of the game.

“The gaffer will keep things simple in terms of what he wants and the high standard he asks from us.

“He won’t overcomplicate things, he will say you should all know your jobs by now, if not you’re in the wrong place so he just gives us that platform to go and perform on the day."


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