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Nicholson ahead of Burton clash

10 January 2020

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First team coach Barry Nicholson spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of Fleetwood Town’s trip to Burton Albion.

The Cod Army will be making the trip to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday and will be looking to get back to winning ways after a draw against Sunderland in their last league outing.

Fleetwood are unbeaten in their last two away games, beating Rochdale and drawing against Rotherham United back in December, so they will be looking to continue that run this weekend.

Here’s what Nicholson had to say:

On Burton Albion…

“We know Burton, we know what they’re all about. They’re a really aggressive team that press without the ball, so if we’re not right it’ll be a difficult afternoon for us. We’ll concentrate on what we do well and hopefully go into the game with the right mindset and confidence to get the three points.

“They’ve got good players going forward, [Liam] Boyce, [Lucas] Akins, [David] Templeton in the front line, so we’ve got to be solid with our defensive shape and we can hurt them with our ability.

“It’ll be no easy game, we’ve got to be ready for them because there will be a response.”

On Town’s recent form…

“We’ve been really pleased with the way we’ve played over the Christmas period but just disappointed that we’re not picking up enough points that our play deserved.

“We need to be more consistent. We need to be more ruthless when the chances come along and we need to get that elusive clean sheet that the manager speaks so highly of.

“To get that clean sheet is so important for us because we know with the fire power, we have at the top end of the pitch we’ll keep scoring goals.”

On the squad…

“We’re looking okay. For the four games we’ve played over Christmas period it’s been the same team that’s started so that’s why we made a couple of changes against Accrington on Tuesday and tried to get some fresh legs in.

“Obviously, [Lewie] Coyle, [Kyle] Dempsey and [Paddy] Madden were on the bench and got a little bit of the game but I’m sure they’ll be fresh and ready to go for the weekend.”


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