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Crainey: We want to be looking up the table rather than down

16 December 2021

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Interim Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the club ahead of his side’s trip to face Morecambe in another Lancashire derby this Saturday.

Crainey has coached the Cods to consecutive wins for the first time this season in the last week - after a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers last Tuesday and a 2-1 victory over Gillingham on Saturday – and he will be looking to make it three in a row when they travel to the Mazuma Stadium.

Here’s what Stephen had to say:

On Saturday’s league derby…

“Every game in this league is tough, I’ve been around League One for a couple of years now under different managers and you can see that there are no easy games. We’re expecting a tough game against Morecambe as they beat us not long ago at Highbury.

“They’ve got some strengths in their team, and so have we at the same time, but we are looking forward to it and we are hoping to come away with the three points.

“We need to prepare properly and do our due diligence for the game, they’ve got some top players and we need to try and combat that and, hopefully, put our stamp on the game at the other end of the pitch as well. We’ve got our blinkers on and are focusing on the game.”

On the recent run of form…

“The lads have been training really well and I thought the results were just around the corner and that’s proved to be the case. In the two games that we’ve won, I thought we deserved to win them.

“The results have warranted the lads to be out of the bottom four. I reiterated to the squad that we want to be looking up the table, rather than down, and that is what we are going to do moving forwards.

“It’s pleasing as their work ethic off the ball has been good and they have also shown some good quality on the ball as well. We’re looking forward to the game on Saturday against Morecambe and hopefully, we can back it up once again.”

On the mood in the camp…

“We’re in good spirits. We know they’ve got some player that could hurt us, but we know we’ve got a group that could hurt them as well. We are feeling ready for the game and can’t wait for Saturday to come around.

“The lads are in good spirits ahead of the Morecambe game. When you win games, it breeds confidence and that shows around the building as they are coming in with smiles on their faces in the mornings, but it is football so you can’t get too high, and you can’t get too low when you lose games; you’ve got to find that even keel.”


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