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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Leicester City U21

31 August 2021

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Fleetwood Town face Leicester City Under-21s on Tuesday 31 August at Highbury Stadium in a Papa John’s Trophy cup tie, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Leicester City U21

Competition: Papa John’s Trophy

Date: Tuesday 31 August 2021

Kick-off: 19:45

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

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FLEETWOOD TOWN

Simon Grayson’s side are going into their initial Papa John’s Trophy clash of the season on the back of a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides found the net in the first half, with the home side breaking the deadlock through Ryan Hardie’s half-volley, which was then cancelled out by a clever finish by Callum Camps. Shayden Morris would hit the post soon after, with Jordon Garrick doing the same for the opposition in a closely fought battle.

Before that, The Cods managed to pick up their first three league points when they overcame Cheltenham Town 3-2 at Highbury Stadium. The away side opened the scoring in the tie through a Callum Wright strike, but it was Fleetwood who worked their way back into the game after Tom Clarke headed in an equaliser and Darnell Johnson scoring to put the Cods into the lead.

This was until Alfie May struck late to make the game, with Shayden Morris finding the back of the net with seconds to go secure the win.

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LEICESTER CITY U21

In last season’s competition, The Foxes Under-21s side made it to the last 16, where they lost 4-2 to League Two side Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

They finished in second place in Northern Group H, after beating both Hull City and Grimsby Town early in the competition and went on to face Salford City in a tough clash against Salford City.

Even though Steve Beaglehole’s side went 2-0 down, Leicester pulled it back to 2-2 with Admiral Muskwe scoring a quickfire brace. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe put Salford back ahead with ten to go, but a late goal by Shane Flynn meant it would go to penalties. The tie finished 6-5 to Leicester on the night.

In the previously mentioned last 16 tie against Tranmere, the side from Prenton Park seemed on top throughout the night, with them scoring three goals in the first half, and Blackett-Taylor adding a fourth in the second half. An own goal and another from Thanawat Suengchitthawon brought them back into the game but wasn’t enough in the match at Birkenhead.

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PRE-MATCH QUOTES: SIMON GRAYSON

Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Here is what the gaffer had to say in his interview:

“We’re pleased to get a point, it was a long trip for us yesterday, a big crowd, a big football club in this division and it’s a tough place to come. They started the game well, got an early goal but we didn’t let that affect us too much.

“We responded really well, and we had some good opportunities. In the first half, we needed to take a little bit more care of the ball when we had the chance on the counterattack which we worked on all week but again, we showed lots of spirit when we had to defend and good quality at the top end of the pitch. Overall, it was probably a fair result for both teams.

“In the first half when we did get the first and second pass in, we looked a threat going forward but that was even better in the second half and after they scored.”

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