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Crainey: We have to stick together

4 December 2021

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Interim Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after Fleetwood Town were beaten at the Wham Stadium by Accrington Stanley.

A ten-man Fleetwood - after Dan Batty’s dismissal in the first half - were beaten by doubles from Ethan Hamilton and Colby Bishop alongside a strike by Liam Coyle. Despite a few good periods in the second half and Harrison Biggins goal to half the deficit, it wasn’t enough as the hosts took maximum points.

Here’s what Stephen said after the game:

On the match…

“It was a tough and disappointing match, we knew it would be, but I don’t think we had any rub of the green, I’m not making excuses but some of the decisions let us down - it’s no excuse though in the end we have lost 5-1.

“We conceded some sloppy goals but there is no point dwelling on it, we have to quickly move on, dust ourselves off and focus on Tuesday - the red card is a big turning point but as I said there was a few decisions like us potentially having a penalty, but it was just one of those days.”

On things to take…

“I felt we had some good periods, the team reacted positive at moments but to concede a third after having good spells is disappointing - I don’t think it was a 5-1 but that’s the reality of it.

“I have to give a special mention to Cian Hayes making his first full debut where we also have some really good young players where I’m fully aware of their ability and it’s something the club can look forward to the youngsters coming through.”

On the squads bounce back ability…

“The work ethic this team has shown since I’ve come in has been really positive, they give me everything in training and there’s a balance between youth and senior players who all get along.

“We have to take things day by day and keep together so that we can focus on the next game - the team are allowed to play with freedom, but we need to keep working and graft every single day to build on our worth ethic.”

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