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Clint Hill on Oxford's threats, the squad and the importance of the fans

6 September 2019

Interviews

Clint Hill on Oxford's threats, the squad and the importance of the fans

6 September 2019

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Fleetwood Town first team coach Clint Hill spoke to iFollow ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One match with Karl Robinson’s Oxford United.

Following Town’s midweek game against Accrington Stanley in the Leasing.com Trophy, all eyes are on their next league fixture against The U’s – who have only won one league game so far this campaign.

With the Cod Army unbeaten at home, Hill knows the fans will be just as important in keeping that record going, as well the team performing on the pitch.

Here is what Clint Hill had to say:

On Oxford United’s threats…

“They are a good footballing team and when they play, they have plenty of rotation, the full-backs push up high when the wingers come in field and from that they try and outnumber you in midfield.

“Oxford have some really players and it will be another difficult task for our lads – just like most games in this division. Every team throws something different at you each week, but we are prepared and will hopefully perform on the day and pick up the right result.”

On the squad update…

“We have a few knocks from the game against Accrington, with Wes Burns’ knock being severe but he seems to be in a good place with no broken bones so that is nice to hear. Jack Sowerby has been on the grass at the end of the week and probably a week away, with Conor McAleny just behind him. Both have worked hard in the gym and are on the road to recovery.

“Jimmy Dunne has had a few days with us now and had a good training session today. He is a nice lad, he is a good size and we know what he can do on the pitch.

“Every day players are knocking on the door and somebody is watching the players train and how they react. There is no hiding place around here and if a player does well on the training pitch, then you will be in contention for the match on Saturday.”

On the fans and making Highbury a fortress…

“Home form is always important and we are on a decent run at Highbury at the moment. It’s great to bring the fans in from the last game and also to then send them home happy, so hopefully we turn up and get the right result.

“The fans turn up in their numbers in windy and icy conditions and it’s horrible at times, and we thank them for their efforts week in week out. They are important and the more noise they make, the more they get behind the players and I know they’ve heard it a thousand times, but it’s even more important when a side are going through a tough period.”

The best way to follow Clint Hill and Fleetwood Town this season is by purchasing the Onward Card. Adult prices start from £153, with Seniors & U25s costing £108, and Under 16s now being just £20.70 for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign. To see more details on the Onward Card, click HERE. Visit the Club Shop at Highbury or call us on (01253) 775080.


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