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Crainey: A win has been coming ever since I took interim charge

7 December 2021

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Fleetwood Town Interim Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after his side’s 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Town took an early lead when Ged Garner fired home from close range. After Ricardo Santos saw red in the second half, a Harrison Biggins brace secured all three points for the Cod Army.

Here’s what Crainey had to say:

On the game…

“A win has been coming ever since I’ve taken interim charge. I thought the lads responded really well and they got their rewards tonight and on top of that, it was really pleasing to get a clean sheet as well.

“We went in front away at Wimbledon, couldn’t hold it, then we got back into it and got a point out of that game but I thought we looked really solid out of possession tonight and looked a real threat going forward which is positive for us as well.

“I actually thought the second half was going to suit us a little bit even more. Obviously, we get an early goal in the first half, Bolton had to come out and chase the game slightly and I felt that that might leave gaps in their backline which it did and that’s also where the sending-off came from and the goals that we scored.”

On selecting young players…

“Over the last two or three years, my role has been under 23s coach and I’ve been saying for a long time that there are good quality kids at this football club and obviously I put Cian Hayes in on Saturday. Although we lost I thought he really impacted the game.

“I put Carl Johnston in at right-back tonight and I thought he was outstanding but, it’s not just those two, there are other young players at the club. That’s what you want as a coach, as many selection headaches as you can. The players fighting it out on the training ground and whoever trains well and plays well has got a good chance of playing in the team on a Saturday or a Tuesday.

“It was a real team effort. There was really good build-up play, quick decisive passing so it was really pleasing.”


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