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Lewie Coyle on Town's draw with Blackpool

7 March 2020

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Fleetwood Town defender Lewie Coyle spoke after the goalless draw with Blackpool on Saturday afternoon in the Fylde Coast derby.

It was a game of two contrasting halves, with the visitors seeing a lot of the ball and creating some chances in the first – nothing that seriously troubled Alex Cairns in between the sticks.

In the second half Town were on top and came out with more intensity and Lewie Coyle’s cross was met by the head of Paddy Madden, but the Irishman headed narrowly wide. The result leaves Fleetwood with another clean sheet, and makes 11 unbeaten for the Cod Army.

Lewie Coyle spoke after the game, and here are his best quotes:

On the dressing room atmosphere…

“It’s a frustrating one, because as I say before the game – we come into every game expecting to take the three points. The run we’ve been on, the confidence is high but it’s one of them. We take a point and another clean sheet, and we remain unbeaten [in previous 11 games] so we carry on and we take it.”

On the two contrasting halves…

“I feel like we was off it of our usual standards in the first half, we were a yard off it and was sort of lethargic amongst the group but we came in at half-time and regrouped and just said that we need to be better, and that we can be miles better.

“Then we came out the second half and showed what we are about, stepped on and obviously tried to nick that winner but it wasn’t to be like I’ve said. Neither goalkeeper had much to do in either half, I don’t remember Cairnsy [Alex Cairns] having to make a save and same down their end. Upon reflection it’s probably a fair result.”

On the previous and upcoming fixtures…

“If we looked at the fixtures sort of before this run of games had happened and said that we would make the other end in the manner that we have, you’d have snapped someone’s hand off if they offered you that before it. So, we’ve just got to keep plugging away, and like you say today won’t be the decisive day in where we end up in the season.

“I think it’s 10 games to go and we’ve just got to chalk them off one by one and that next one is Tuesday."

On potential promotion…

"Of course, our aim is to go up but whether that’s to be through the play-offs or we put another run of five or six wins like we have, and we get it done automatically. The lads have got great confidence and we’re all very confident in our ability moving forward, the sort of run we’ve been on we know we can continue to do that, and we will see where that takes us.”

On the fans…

“Brilliant. They have been all season, obviously more there today because of the derby but they are always singing right till the end and give the lads that little bit extra – especially in the last five or ten minutes when you can hear them in full voice.

“It certainly helps, so credit to the fans today.”


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