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Crainey: It’s a massive result for us today

11 December 2021

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Interim Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Gillingham at Highbury.

The Cod Army took the lead late in the first half when Paddy Lane picked out Harrison Biggins’ run into the area for the midfielder to poke home and score his fourth goal in three games. Tom Clarke doubled Town’s tally when he headed home Lane’s corner midway through the second half.

Robbie McKenzie pulled one back for the visitors with 15 minutes left on the clock, but Fleetwood coped with the late resurgence and held onto all three points.

Here's what Crainey had to say after the game:

On the game…

“It’s a massive result for us today. I thought on Tuesday against Bolton we played both sides of the game well, on the ball and off the ball. I thought the mentality off the ball today, especially towards the end with Gillingham putting us under a bit of pressure. I thought we coped with it well, we were putting bodies on the line so every credit to the lads today, I thought we deserved it in the end.

“We’ve coped with the conditions as well, but credit to Gillingham, they kept going right to the 90 minutes but the mentality that the lads showed was outstanding and if they keep doing that then it gives you a good base moving forward and with the quality we’ve got on the ball, I think it bodes well for us.

“It's nice to be out of the relegation zone but we’ve got a long way to go. We’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’re going to take it day by day and we look forward to the Morecambe game.”

On the performance…

“They [Conor McLaughlin and Tom Clarke] have been excellent, all through today and they’ve guided the younger lads in front of them as well, speaking to them in passages of play. It’s a real team effort, a squad effort so that’s what we maintain day in day out. We’re all in it together. It’s not just the starting XI, the subs make a big impact as well, and hopefully, we can get players back fit soon too.

“Harrison (Biggins) has got good energy for that midfield slot, and we’ve told him ‘get in there and get in there when we’re in possession of the ball’ to try and get some goals, and thankfully for us, he’s getting them. Long may that continue. He’s got the legs and the energy to go and do it (score) so that’s why we’re trying to utilise him in that way, and he’s been doing it well so hopefully he can keep doing it.

“We don’t drop our standards; we need to keep them very high and they’ve been doing that in training as well so we need to maintain that. When they’re trained with me day in day out, they’ve shown that (quality) mentality. We’ve got good players on the ball, and they show their ugly side as well and I thought they showed that in abundance today.”


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