Goalkeeper Alex Cairns spoke to the press after Fleetwood’s penalty shoot-out win over local rivals Blackpool in the Papa John’s trophy.
Cairns – who made a brilliant one-on-one save during the game against The Seasiders – managed to keep out Ethan Robson’s penalty in the shootout to send Fleetwood into the Round Three draw of the Papa John’s Trophy.
Here’s what Alex had to say:
On the game…
“It felt great to keep a clean sheet. It was good to get out there, good to get talking to the lads. I felt good going into the game obviously knowing I was playing, and it was nice playing alongside the younger boys at the back.
“I was disappointed not to save them (some of the other penalties) to be fair. I did what I needed to do, I saved one and the lads put their penalties away.
“If you save one, you like to think especially with the quality we’ve got in the dressing room that they put their penalties away. Luckily, they did that, and I was happy to save my penalty.”
On the youth…
“What we’ve got here is a brilliant squad and a good youth set up that’s trying to break into the first team, so you’ve constantly got that pressure of the young boys coming through which is what you want.
“You need consistent and constant pressure from people trying to get in and get places and the young boys are doing that and they’re doing a great job.
“This competition is good for the lads who haven’t been getting games and it’s good to show what you’re about and to save a penalty against Blackpool and keep a clean sheet was nice.”