Ash Hunter was on press duty on Thursday morning ahead of Fleetwood Town’s trip to Roots Hall to face Southend United this weekend.
Town are looking to extend their unbeaten streak to eight in Sky Bet League One, with five of those coming away from home, this Saturday in Essex. Hunter is also looking to carry on his run of form, as he has managed to grab seven assists already this season.
Here are the key quotes from Ash’s pre-match interview…
On this weekend’s opponents Southend…
“Hopefully we come back with all three points. Obviously, it will be a tough game but if we show how we have played in the last seven games, we should come away with the win.
“Away from home, we’ve found it a lot easier, maybe because of the bigger pitches allowing up to pass the ball around.
“Last year, we went there and won 2-1, so hopefully with a better squad this season, we should go there again and get another three points.”
On Town’s start to the season…
“It’s been a good start to the season, with only one loss and unbeaten in seven, we are looking to carry this form over to the next game away at Southend. Personally, I think it’s been a very good start.
“The whole team works for each other; the gaffer fills us with confidence and I’d put it down to that. When you’ve got a manager that’s licensing you to make mistakes, that as long as you make a mistake you react to it positively, you can try anything and at the minute, it’s coming off.
On this seasons squad…
“We’ve got good team spirit you know, everyone is always making jokes. It’s got the best mix of lads in the squad, some serious and some that like to have a laugh, which works really well for us. Training is always serious but also a lot of fun at the same time.”
“We’ve got a lot of quality around the squad, especially in the attacking department. We’ve got [Chris] Long, Conor [McAleny], Paddy [Madden], Ched [Evans], Kyle [Dempsey, Wes [Burns] and still a number of options. If one isn’t playing, we have another one with the same quality to back them up.”
“We’ve been working on getting back and helping out the players at the back and working on my left-foot crossing. I’ve been put on the set-pieces as well recently, which will help get some assists.
“I’m doing a lot more for the team this season, helping out defensively, and that hard work is obviously being rewarded up at the other end. I’m fit enough to get up and down the pitch, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the lads.
“I’ve shown in the last season, or two, that I can play the full 90, and that I’m not just a 30-40 minute player. I’m enjoying getting up-and-down for the team, and we are seven unbeaten, so we must be doing something right.”