Winger Wes Burns sat down with the media ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One trip to face Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Burns – who has previously played for The Gas’ rivals, Bristol City – has been a constant in the side so far this season and has played in a variety of positions. In his last appearance, he came off the bench early on to replace Ched Evans in the side’s FA Cup tie against Hull City.
When sat with the press, Wes had this to say:
On the game and division as a whole…
“It’s always a nice one trying to get one over Bristol Rovers but it’s probably good that three is no fans in the ground because they always give me a little bit when we go down there – it’s almost like going back home down there so it will be a nice one.
“It’s not quite the same game without fans in the stadium. If someone is giving you a little bit on the side-lines, it brings the best out of you. You want to try and prove them wrong, so you dig deep and try a little bit harder. I probably won’t miss it this Saturday going down to Bristol Rovers.
“Everyone can beat everyone in this division so it’s just about putting a run of games together. We won three games in a short span of time and we went from the bottom half of the table to just about touching the play-offs so if you put a run together, you can go from tenth to fighting for the top spot.
On the squad…
“The main thing we were after was competition for places. When we spoke six to seven weeks ago, there wasn’t the same competition but now, there is in near enough every position. There are two or three players fighting for one shirt.
“The standard in training has increased massively as everyone wants to be in that starting eleven which means the intensity in the way everyone has been training has improved.
“It was good to see Tom Edwards come in. I was getting a game at right-back but not he’s here; I’m struggling again! Yet again, it’s good to have competition in every position as it makes everyone train harder. As a team, it makes us bond together more as we train to a higher standard as we are learning more about each other as we all fight for those starting spots.”