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Grayson: The back three were immense

5 April 2021


Grayson: The back three were immense

5 April 2021

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Fleetwood Town Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after his side’s 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane on Monday afternoon.

It looked set to finish all square as full-time loomed but in the 88th minute, the Cod Army took the lead courtesy of substitute Barrie McKay. Town’s number 19 charged down the Wimbledon goalkeeper Nik Tzanev, whose attempted clearance rebounded off the foot of the forward and into the back of the net.

Here's what Grayson had to say:

On the game…

“We did well out of possession, we defended well and kept a clean sheet, put our bodies on the line but it’s probably as worse as we’ve played with the ball. I thought we worked hard, we closed them down and did what we needed to do but when you look at the bigger picture, for the next week, the week after, and the month ahead, we’ve got to be better on the ball.

“We’ve got eight games to go, five weeks of the season. I’ve been there as a player, as a manager where you’re thinking you’re safe, you’re not going to affect too many football matches position-wise but you’re playing for your future.

“It just sums up the world of football, doesn’t it. I did say a few weeks ago when I came to the club that there are games where we’ll get something out of it that we don’t deserve, we’ll not get something out of games we do deserve to and today is an example of where I don’t think we deserved to get a win.”

On the defence…

“The back three have been immense. Danny Andrew dropped back in there when Harrison [Holgate] went off injured. They put their bodies on the line, they’re proper defenders and they can play on the ball at times.

“You want your defenders to make sure they’re coming off after 90 minutes that they’ve kept the clean sheet and given a platform for the rest of the team to go and get the result and that probably is an example today where we did.

“I think his [Harrison Holgate] was a little bit tight. We had played on Friday and we’ve travelled down so maybe it’s just a bit of fatigue but hopefully, it’s nothing too serious. Danny Andrew slotted into the back three which is quite a natural position for him and [Janoi] Donacien came on and played well so we’ve got competition for places.”

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