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Grayson: We want to win all our local derbies

18 November 2021


Grayson: We want to win all our local derbies

18 November 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the local press ahead of Fleetwood Town's Lancashire derby against local rivals Morecambe at Highbury Stadium.

With a 4-1 loss to Accrington last time out in the Papa John’s trophy, Grayson is motivated that his players have got what it takes to overcome the newly-promoted side in what is proving to be an exciting affair.

The two sides haven't met league action since the 2-2 draw in Sky Bet League Two back in 2014. The Head Coach knows it won't be an easy task and understands that his players know the task at hand against the Shrimps as well.

Here is what he had to say:

On learning from past mistakes...

"We have had some really good days on the training pitch, some double sessions which has been good to learn on past mistakes where we have had some good time off as well to reflect as since our last game which was a loss it's good to see a reaction at training.

“Hopefully, the proof is in the pudding on Saturday, we need to go back to the basics and get in front of games and hold on which means we will start winning football matches.

"It's down to us as individuals to cut out grey areas which is affecting our results, whether that's us as coaches or the players themselves but ultimately we need to start playing with no fear and confidence which comes as you win football matches.

“We need to get to the point where every single player is enthusiastic to be on the pitch every second and to do dirty work like winning second balls and to be competitive - it's strictly back to basics."

On the derby match itself...

"It's a huge game because we have to start winning football matches, we have had a tough run of games but that is no excuse, you play everyone in the division and because the division is so tight, the next game is always the most important.

“Back-to-back wins can elevate you up the table, the number of clubs in the league that have been in the premier league which we now play week in week out just shows the level of football we are playing, it's the strongest I have ever seen the division.

"To get promoted proved everyone wrong and they have had somebody blows, they had momentum at the start of the season and have dropped off a bit, but we cannot underestimate them as they do have some really good players.

“We have to make sure we are turned on because we want to win all of our local derbies - every game we analyse strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and we respect every team the same as we learn about them, no matter the distance of them to us."

On what the fixture means to the club...

"Hopefully the atmosphere is a buoyant one, we know how much this game means to the fans, so we have to start on the front foot and to start confidently, it hasn't been easy at home recently because there isn't many conditions like you get at Highbury many other places in the league.

“It's every credit to the ground-staff because of many games, but we have to focus on the pitch which hopefully gives the fans something to shout about because, in the end, we are all in this together.

"All season so far the support has been really good, even when we have lost games hopefully the fans can see the fight that the team has and have done taking the bigger teams to the end, we are a club that has to redevelop every year, but we still want to keep a level of consistency and to be energetic at any given opportunity.

“We score plenty of goals which is entertaining, but we still have to find the balance at the other end of the pitch where there is no better time than a local derby coming up because it will give everyone around the club a huge boost."

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