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Wiles: I’m pleased we’re up and running

23 January 2021


Wiles: I’m pleased we’re up and running

23 January 2021

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Interim head coach Simon Wiles spoke to the press after his side played out a goalless draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

After a cagey start to the game it was Fleetwood who posed the most threats but a stubborn Latics defence meant a breakthrough wasn’t to be as the points were shared in the Lancashire derby.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the game…

“I’m pleased we’re up and running, in the previous two games we’ve played we have played well and not got anything out of them, so the fact we have come away with a clean sheet and a point I think it puts us in a good position and we have laid some foundations going forward.

“Paddy [Madden]’s work rate is infectious, and you can tell today by him working their backline, I also have to say Sam Finley worked just as hard as Paddy and I think there’s more to come from him as we saw today.

“I thought we showed a lot of grit and determination and it’s another side of our game which we have been speaking about so we can be difficult to beat which has been the key message this week in training- we’ve got Alex [Cairns] back in goal and [Janoi] Donacien have both come in and got a clean sheet.”

On the chances created…

“It gets frustrating when we have chances, we still have the same message that we have to be ruthless in front of goal and making sure we take one of them and we do feel when we do get that first goal, we can definitely build on it.

“The biggest concern for me is that if we aren’t creating chances, we created so many chances in the previous few games and we created so many chances here today, I’m still confident of the players that we can put them away and start to win games home and away.”

“Paddy brings absolutely everything to the team, his energy levels at the frontline are endless, he has that quality as well and we’re just waiting for him to bury one so he can get the second half of the season kick-started.

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