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Holgate: It was a real test, and we came out on top

9 March 2021

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Defender Harrison Holgate spoke to the press after Fleetwood Town overcame Gillingham 1-0 in their Sky Bet League One clash at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Holgate - who has made 14 senior appearances this season - helped Town keep a clean sheet in what proved to be a physical battle on the Fylde Coast - The early goal coming from Kyle Vassell’s penalty kick in the first minute in which the defence stood firm to protect the lead for the remainder of the match.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the match…

“It wasn’t the ideal game, it was a different type of game than what we have had in the past, but it shows we can dig deep and get a clean sheet and all three points, it was a really good three points for the boys.

“This result is massive because it shows we can win in different ways and that is really good for a team who is trying to move forward, it’s three wins in a row now from three different performances which is just going to breed confidence.”

On the team’s current form…

“The lads have done really well in the previous to get very good results away from home, we knew tonight was going to be a completely different game to the past two where it’s good to see the manager has confidence in his team to switch it up to still get the clean sheet and a win.

“It was a real test, and we came out on top, it’s good to test yourself against that sort of opposition as you don’t type of game in the Under 23s because you have me, Hilly [James Hill] and Cal [Connolly] is still quite young, and we have really been in a battle tonight.”

On young players breaking through…

“I have played with Hilly for five years now for Fleetwood and it’s really good to see everyone doing well, I’ve played with Ged [Garner] for ages as well so it’s great to see him do really well - and Ryan [Rydel] came in the past two games and has performed.

“It shows that there is a pathway into the first team from the 23s- there’s a really good mix of youth and senior players into the team and with the young players coming through it’s a solid balance we have got. You always have to be ready to play and have to be ready all the time and do what you can to make sure you’re playing the best you can and that you’re making it a hard decision for the manager.”

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