Fleetwood Town defender Jimmy Dunne has given his reaction to Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Shrewsbury Town.
Dunne – who is on loan from Premier League side Burnley – thought he had opened the scoring for the Cod Army after Paul Coutts’ corner reached him at the far post, only for his goal in the end to be deemed as an own goal, one Dunne wants checking by the EFL dubious goals committee!
After picking up the win and the first away clean sheet of the season, here is what the 21-year-old had to say after the match.
On the goal…
“It was my goal! There is no goal line technology here and I know if they did they would look back and see it had crossed the line before the defender touched it!
“I will claim the goal, however it has been something we have been working on and with big Soutts [Harry Souttar], he was the decoy this time and when he dragged two men with him, he created enough space for me to get my head on it.
“Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but today it came at a time where we needed a break.
“We had to ride that wave Shrewsbury brought to us and we did gather a lot of pressure and there was a lot going on bit that goal gave us the breather we needed and after that we showed our quality by going into the break a goal up.”
On being clinical in the final third and getting the clean sheet…
“Goals this season are coming from everywhere and with that we go and keep a clean sheet and that is just as important. We know as a group that the goals are there and that breathes confidence within the squad.
“We have been winning games this year, but as a defender there is nothing better than getting a clean sheet. If we can keep clean sheets, it gives us the best opportunity to go and win the game, and if it does that, along with getting us in the rhythm of clean sheets, it might be key in times if the goals aren’t coming.
“It’s a mentality we need to keep.”
On the travelling fans…
“We can see the numbers are growing and you can see that they have confidence in us as players to go and play.
“They are enjoying the wins and they are loud, and they always get behind us and may long that continue.”