Fleetwood Town defender Nathan Sheron was on press duty ahead of his side’s trip to league leaders Portsmouth on Saturday.
Town have back-to-back away games against the league’s top two teams, with Peterborough United on Tuesday night, but it’s a trip to the South Coast for Joey Barton’s side first.
Sheron has featured in the last four games with the 21-year-old playing in a variety of positions across the pitch, but has seemed to cement a place at right back with James Husband picking up his injury at Doncaster Rovers.
The defender spoke about his rise this season under Barton, his side’s chances this weekend and his rise in the team since Barton came.
Here are the key quotes from Nathan’s pre-Portsmouth press conference…
“We are going to go to Portsmouth to do our best and push ourselves to be the better side and to pick up the win.
“We have nothing to fear and with our homework, we know what they are like and are obviously doing well in the league. Portsmouth are top of the table but that doesn’t mean we go there with fear.
“We aren’t frightened, we are ready and will do everything we have done against other teams and put on a performance.”
On his start to the season…
“I must admit that it was a bit of a shock for me, but since the new manager has come in he has put a lot trust in me and I feel I have done well since being put in the side.
“In recent weeks there has been injuries and I have been thrown in and for me I had to grab it when the opportunity arose, and now I just need to keep taking those chances when they come.
“Training has helped massively and when we stay out, the coaching staff do to and they want all of us to improve and it’s important that we buy into that and see what happens after that.
“I have done my best and so have the lads and from that we have won our last two games in the league and that has meant everybody is happy and confident, and something we will take into our next game.”
On where the squad could go this season…
“This team could go anywhere. The belief is in this team is massive and we all believe in ourselves, and in the way that we go about our work and in everything that we do.
“If we set our minds to it, we can go for whatever we want and for us that is the next win. The win against Doncaster was massive because nobody expected us to go there and pick up the three points.
“Team are starting to turn their noses up at us as we are a force and a good team."