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Eastham's importance on improving home form

15 March 2019

Fleetwood Town defender Ashley Eastham has spoken ahead of facing Plymouth Argyle at Highbury on Saturday afternoon.

The Cod Army come into the game in tenth position in Sky Bet League One, following Tuesday’s narrow defeat at Coventry City.

Now returning back to Highbury this weekend, Eastham has spoken about the importance of improving the club’s home form with just nine league games to go before the end of the season.

See below the key quotes from Eastham’s pre-match interview…

On a frustrating couple of results against Walsall and Coventry…

“Football is not as easy as picking out games and saying we are going to get three points. We were definitely disappointed in our second half performance at Walsall after starting the game really well.

“I think we responded really well Tuesday and I think anyone at the game would be baffled at how we didn’t come out with three points never mind a point.

“We responded very well from conceding the first goal in the game and not one of the lads heads dropped. We performed like men out on the pitch and that is what the gaffer wanted to see.”

On the first team captaincy…

“Our club captain [Craig Morgan] is out injured at the moment, so I’ve had a few weeks of being captain myself.

“The manager and us as players were not pleased with the second half performance at Walsall. He felt like it might have been good to freshen things up which from a personal point of view is no problem whatsoever.

“It doesn’t change the way I help the team as a talker and communicator on the pitch. I had no issues with that because no armband is going to make me talk more or talk less.

“Regardless if the armband is on my arm or not it definitely won’t change the way I approach games.”

On facing a difficult opponent in Plymouth…

“It will be a tough game, they are a team that have picked up in form recently after having a tough start to the season.

“We were not satisfied with our performance down there earlier in the season, and we want to put that right on Saturday.

“Our target is to win this game and want to put on a good performance for our fans at home. Our first priority is getting three points from the game on Saturday.

“We need the fans to play an important role in helping us like they have done all season.”


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