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Coyle looks ahead to this weekend's match against Gillingham

1 March 2019

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Lewie Coyle says that he is enjoying his new role in central midfield and is confident of achieving a result against Gillingham on Saturday at Highbury.

Coyle finished the game against Luton Town in central midfield and started in the middle of the park on Saturday during the Cod Army’s 1-0 win away at Burton.

The 23-year-old - who is on loan from Leeds - spoke to the media at Poolfoot Farm ahead of this Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Gillingham.

Here are his best quotes…

On Saturday’s game against Gillingham…

“If you go into a game knowing that they got one over on you last time, you always have that extra little bit of motivation to make things right. But as I say it’s another game of football and another game we want to win to keep propelling us up that table and try and  look to make a late push for the play-offs.”

“It was a strange game at their place earlier on in the season, they beat us 3-0 but it was one of them where the score line didn’t really reflect the outcome of the game and the way it was played.

“We always have a game plan in the week, depending on what opposition we are playing – we look at their strengths and their weaknesses but ultimately it’s down to us and what we do on the day. We know that if we are at our best on our day we are a match for anyone in the league."

On Town’s consistency…

“We have struggled with consistency but towards the back end of the season I feel like the level of our performances have become more consistent and that has been evident in the results that we’ve picked up.

“We had a habit of losing games where we weren’t at our best which seems normal but any successful team during the course of the season find a way to win when they are not playing their best football and we did that at Bradford away where we won 1-0 and in my opinion we did that against Burton last week too.

“So, if you can do that on a regular basis then it creates that momentum amongst the team and when you finally click in and play your best stuff that’s when the results seem to come thick and fast.” 

On a potential play-off push…

“Until mathematically we can’t do it, we will give it a go. We’ve got a good run of games coming up and at this time in the season there are always teams in there or trying to get in there that drop points and if you can capitalise and make sure you pick up points when they drop them then things swing and change around very fast.

“We feel a momentum within the squad, and we’ve known since the day we came in at preseason, we’ve got a good squad and know what we are capable of.

“I feel like we are coming to our best but like you say it’s a shame it didn’t happen slightly earlier. But it’s never over till it’s over, a late charge for the play-offs would be brilliant.”

On the new role in midfield…

“It’s part and parcel of being a footballer, the manager picks his team and where he wants the lads to play. Whether that be at full back or in midfield, it’s down to me to be professional and give it my all.

“I enjoy it in there, it’s different to say the least. Being in the middle of the pitch is obviously a little bit more chaotic and a lot more things happen around you, but again it’s a challenge and something that is a bit different for me. It’s something I am enjoying and like I said there if I am put there I won’t hesitate, I’ll give it my all and we will go from there.”

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