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Grayson on Port Vale pre-season win

13 July 2021

Fleetwood Town Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the club media after his side defeated Port Vale 1-0 at Poolfoot Farm on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a Jordan Rossiter goal in the first quarter of play.

Both teams agreed to play four quarters of 30 minutes to benefit fitness and squad rotation where over the duration of the 120 minutes, it was the Cod Army who looked the most comfortable, despite fielding two completely different starting elevens.
 
And it was Rossiter's superb header from a Max Clark corner which sealed the win on a bright but breezy day at Town's training complex. 
 
Here's what he had to say:
 
On the game...
 
"This was good for the fitness levels of the players, it was warm today and they have all got 60 minutes in them against a strong Port Vale side who are tough opposition - overall it was progression from Saturday's game where this Saturday's game against Rochdale will be progression as well.
 
"Normally players get forty minutes, but today the sixty minutes allowed all the players to get an hour in the tank where Port Vale agreed because it benefited their players as well.
 
On the development for the players...

"I said on the first game back whether you're an 18 year old with no games under your belt or a 35-year-old with 500 appearances under their belt, if you do as much as you can in pre-season and you do as much as you can to give me a problem on who I'm going to pick it means I have no ideas on what my team will be.
 
"Today has shown me players can play themselves into the team or out of it on performances, the young players have the quality to be the future of this football club and the players that have come in also have that quality to perform to the level we want."

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