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Andrew ahead of Wigan Athletic Carabao Cup tie

3 September 2020

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Defender Danny Andrew spoke to the press ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Carabao Cup Round One tie against Wigan Athletic at Highbury Stadium on Saturday.

Andrew played all 90 minutes in the Cod Army’s first competitive game of the season on Tuesday, which ended up being a 3-1 win over Carlisle United in the EFL trophy at Brunton Park.

Danny and the team are set to welcome The Latics to Highbury Stadium on Saturday for Round One of the Carabao Cup, as they look to reach the second round for only the second time in the club’s history.

Here is what Danny had to say ahead of the game:

On the opposition…

“You don’t want to see what happened to Wigan, happen to clubs. They had an unbelievable end to the season, finding themselves nowhere near the relegation zone, and they are in League One.

“It’s not a nice thing to happen and hopefully they get themselves sorted out. At the end of the day, it’s a football match and we’ve got to do what’s right for our football club first and foremost. That for us is hopefully getting the win and going through to the next round.”

“At the start of every season, every side will have the same target of promotion, whether that’s through the play-offs, automatics, winning the league. You have to have that ambition to win and we have that going into this season.

On the younger players…

“It’s been good as it’s a different challenge for me because they have less experience as those that you are used to playing with.

“It just puts emphasis on using my knowledge, game time and experience to help them. It’s vice-versa for them as well as I said to them, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you have to be a leader at the back.”

“Taking a leader role so that I help them, has also helped me as well. Age is irrelevant, it’s about being in the right position for every scenario during the game.”

On the squad’s fitness…

“Fitness wise, I think it will be similar for everyone really. You probably saw clubs doing different things on social media, doing fitness sessions through Zoom or whatever way suited them.

“We only had four weeks off between the Wycombe games, to when we came back so it wasn’t that bad. Before we came back for those two Wycombe games, it was weird as we were kind of in the unknown.

“We may have a bit more sharpness on the ball, we don’t know, but hopefully we are in a good position to move forward and have a good start.”


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