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Coyle delight at slotting back in to winning side

11 February 2019

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Lewie Coyle shared his delight following his return to the team in Saturday’s important victory over Bradford City.

Coyle started at right-back against The Bantams after serving a three-match suspension for a red card against Rochdale in January.

The on-loan Leeds United defender slotted back into Town’s backline, and played a key role as the Cod Army won back-to-back games for the first time since October last year.

“You always feel that extra bit of pressure when you come back into the team after a suspension, with the lads doing as well as they have done, especially winning against Charlton,” said Coyle.  

“But I’m delighted to be back in the team, and most importantly we got the three points and a clean sheet.

“The gaffer spoke about picking up back-to-back wins before the match. We’ve said that there’s no point in having a good win if you can’t back it up against a team below us in the league.

“It was nice to get the feeling back in the changing rooms – we want to carry on this little run we’re on.”

Saturday’s win sees Fleetwood just five points outside the play-off positions, something which Coyle thinks could be a realistic target come the end of the season.

“When you win another game the teams above you starting look over their shoulders and see that we’re on the charge.

“It’s a great time for us to start playing our best football as we’re only five points off the play-offs – the teams above us know how dangerous we can be.

“We have players like Paddy [Madden] and Ched [Evans] who score goals, and are playing well. We know that it’s a team effort and everyone at the moment is playing well and contributing.

“We can rely on the strikers to win us a game, and at the moment we’re shutting teams out at the back so we’re doing our job too.”

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