Midfielder Jay Matete sat down with the media on Thursday afternoon as he previewed Fleetwood Town’s league clash against Wycombe Wanderers.
The 20-year-old has featured in the middle of the park for the Cods on a frequent basis this season and has made an impact, grabbing his first goal for the side in their 3-1 win over Barrow in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Here’s what Jay had to say:
On the opposition…
“They are a good team, physical, and direct so it’s going to be a completely different game to Ipswich, but we know what we’ve got to do and have to stick to our DNA and play our stuff because if we do, we are confident we can come away with three points. We are up for the challenge.
“I enjoy playing against different styles of teams because it helps you learn about yourself and helps you adapt your game. Football can be completely different from day to day; one day you could be playing against a team that likes to play out the back, then you will be up against a team that like to go longer.”
On gaining form this year…
“Over the last couple of games, I feel like I’ve picked up a decent bit of form as when you get in the run in and gain some momentum, you can up your form and I feel like I’ve done that recently. So hopefully, I can carry on helping the team.
“I went out to Grimsby at the end of last season, and I fell it helped me a lot. I managed to get 90 minutes for most games, and it was a different experience to what I was used to as they were down at the bottom of the table. It helped me learn to be more robust, stronger, essentially the other side of the game.”
On the last outing…
“The result on Saturday was disappointing as we thought, as a team, that we deserved something out of the game. For us to get back into the game late on and then concede was a kick in the teeth, but we’ve moved on now, with our eyes set on trying to get three points against Wycombe.
“We went down there and played some good stuff, especially in the first half, we had a lot of spells of possession and felt like we edged it before the break, to the point where we thought we should have gone in 1-0 up but that wasn’t the case. We stayed in the second half, and we were unfortunate to not come away with any points.”