Fleetwood Town forward Wes Burns spoke to the media at Poolfoot Farm ahead of Monday’s Emirates FA Cup second round against Guiseley.
Burns found himself back in the starting eleven on Tuesday night in his side’s 3-0 win over Coventry City, and the 24-year-old is relishing every opportunity he gets to play, and knows he has to take his chances when they come up.
The Cod Army travel to West Yorkshire on Monday to face their second National League North side in the competition, and with the game live on BT Sport, there’s a lot to play for in this match.
Fleetwood came away 4-1 winners against Alfreton Town in the first round with Paddy Madden, Ash Hunter and Ged Garner getting the scoresheet for Joey Barton’s side.
Guiseley beat Cambridge 4-3 last time out in the competition and were four goals to the good before United came back and scored three late goals.
Here are the key quotes from Burns’ pre-match press conference…
On the game against Guiseley…
“We have spoken about gathering momentum in meetings and about going on a good cup run and if we can win a few games that will take us away from the bottom half and push us up the league table towards the play-off places.
“This is one of those classic FA Cup fixtures where it will be their [Guiseley] cup final and we need to go there well prepared, like we do with every other fixture we play and go there and play our best football.
“We know Guiseley are going to be physical but having played against Alfreton previously, it gives us an insight into what we can expect in terms of physicality. Every team is different, so I don’t think we can compare to other teams we have faced in their league, we just need to watch their clips and adapt our tactics to that.”
On keeping momentum going…
“The winning feeling is back at the club and we bounced back from our disappointing result at Plymouth at the weekend, but for us as players and as a team, the three points are the most important thing to get.
“For me, it’s hard not being in the starting eleven but for any players you need to prepare yourself as if you were going to start because you never know when you might be called upon. I was glad to get the assist on Saturday for Paddy [Madden], and I was happy to chip in with a goal on Tuesday.
“We have a few lads who are coming back from injury with Conor McAleny starting on Tuesday, James Wallace also in the team with Dean Marney so there is a lot of competition for places and that is good for us as a team.”
On his form this season…
“I am just ticking over the tally every now and then and after some disappointing seasons in the past, and not scoring as many goals as I would have liked, it’s nice to have five goals and getting my name on the scoresheet more and more.
“I am delighted for whoever scores as this is a team game and we all want to win games, even if it is Cairnsy [Alex Cairns] who scores. I am delighted to see Ched back on the scoresheet.”