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Andrew: I’ve taken ownership of the free-kicks now

21 October 2021

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Defender Danny Andrew chatted to the media ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Ipswich Town on Thursday at Poolfoot Farm.

Andrew, who has already netted four free-kicks for the season, and has featured in three different League One Team of the Weeks, as well as one EFL Team of the Week and will be hoping to add to his tally when the Cods head down to Portman Road this weekend.

Here’s what Danny said his recent interview:

On his free-kicks so far this season…

“I’m really happy with the goals I’ve scored - I don’t think I’ve scored four free-kicks in a season, never mind in the first three months. It’s put me in a different position to what I’m used to with the expectation every time we get a free-kick, it’s a different kind of atmosphere than it used to be.

“It’s something that I need to take on board and try and keep helping the lads every game. I missed a couple on Tuesday night so a few of the other lads might be stepping up a little bit! I’ve taken ownership of them and have kept on practising them, waiting for the chance to take them, and fortunately, I’ve managed to score a few this early in the season.

“I don’t want to give my practising techniques away if anyone from other clubs tends to watch this, but I do some things different to those on a matchday situation that may benefit me against an opposition goalkeeper. I don’t just stand up and kick it – there’s a lot more to it than that.”

On his former teammate Wes Burns…

“They’ve got very good players, everybody knows about Wes, with the pace and quality that he’s got, but at the end of the day, it’s like every other game in the league. You look after yourself and your own team and see how games pan out – the onus is with us to go and get a result really.

“I’ve known Wes for a few years now, even back in my first spell at the club, he was on loan here, but I’ve just got to stop him running! If you know you can get a reaction out of a player, it’s all about winning at the end of the day, and now he’s an opposition player.

“It doesn’t matter what’s happened before, he’ll be when he crosses the white line, if there’s a ball to be won, he’ll be going in just as hard as anyone else. It’s a game of football, but at the end, I’m sure we will shake hands and wish each other all the best.”

On the side’s form this campaign…

“We are where we should be in the league, as those are the results we’ve gotten so far, but people in the building don’t think that we should be that far down really. I looked at the league the other night and everyone around is in minus goal difference and we are positive, so it shows we aren’t far off being a good team in this league.

“There’s a reason we’ve been drawing a lot of games and conceding a lot of goals and we’re having to score two or three to win a game of football. We just need to start being ruthless in both boxes and I’m sure things will start going our way.

“There’s no pressure really, we are so close to being really good and there’s plenty of belief in the building. We are only 11-12 games into the season, so we’ve got a long time to go, and we just need to make sure we bounce back from Tuesday night."

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