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Souttar on scoring the winning goal against Doncaster

1 February 2020

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Fleetwood Town defender Harry Souttar spoke to the media after scoring his second goal of the season in Town's 2-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Ched Evans opened the scoring after half an hour when Josh Morris' corner was fumbled in the Doncaster area, leaving the Welshman with an open net to bag the first of the afternoon.

Harry Souttar doubled Town’s lead shortly after the break after firing the ball in past Seny Dieng from close range. The visitors did manage to pull one back through Niall Ennis, but Fleetwood held on to secure all three points.

Here is what Souttar had to say:

On his winning goal…

“It was nice to get on the scoresheet. The last time that I scored was in the first game of the season, and I probably should be scoring more with my height, I say it all of the time.

“With the goal, it fell nicely for me from Ched’s [Evans] knockdown, and it was probably more of a toe poke than a goal but we will take them, they all count!

“The balls that went into the box today were excellent and we always felt that we are going to get a chance from a set-piece. I had one that was cleared off the line in the first half, it is disappointing but you can’t let that affect you, and you go again.

“The two goals today were from set-pieces so we feel that it is a strength in our game, which we have got to utilise more.”

On the game…

“We knew that it was going to be a tough game because of the way that they play, they like to get the ball down and pass it from the back, but I don’t think that the conditions helped them, and I think that we coped with them a little bit better.

“The wind was a massive factor today. It is not just blowing in one direction, but we play here more often and it is something that both teams have to deal with, and we came out on top today with the weather.

“It is a win on the board. We have drawn a lot this year and it is nice to get the three points and to get the first win of the New Year.

“All you need to do is look at the table and realise how close the top teams are and we want to be in and about it come the end of the season. If you want to do that then you need to beat the good teams in the division, We beaten one today, so hopefully we can kick on now.”

On the new defensive partnership and new additions…

“He [Lewis Gibson] is a very good player. After game against Everton in the Leasing.com Trophy, the boys were saying he is a player.

“When we got told that he was potentially coming in, all of the boys were buzzing. I think we have needed that balance with the left footed centre half.

“I think he played very well in what was his league debut, and you wouldn’t have known that. He was comfortable on the ball and won his headers. Hopefully along with Callum Connolly on the other side, we can form a good partnership.

“Just in front of me there is Glenn Whelan - who is a very experienced player. With him and Paul Coutts, you only have to look at their career to see what they have done in the game.

“They are two leaders, two organisers and they are only going to help the young lads progress in their careers.”


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