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Grayson: I’m immensely proud of the squad today

11 September 2021


Grayson: I’m immensely proud of the squad today

11 September 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the media after his side came out on top in their 4-2 win over Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.

Town opened the scoring in the game through a Callum Morton strike in the first half and, even though the hosts gained the lead after goals from Michael Smith and Kieran Sadlier, Fleetwood managed to convert three more chances in the second half through Ged Garner, Danny Andrew, and Callum Camps.

Here’s our take on the game:

On the game…

“I’m immensely proud of the squad today. It’s not been an easy period of time for us. This week we had Harrison Holgate that was playing on Thursday drop out of training so isn’t available, Anthony Pilkington was down to play yesterday, dropped out of training last minute.

“We had a game plan of what we needed to do and players came back into the team that weren’t going to play which show’s you they’ve got the right attitude. They played well in the first half, you know you’re going to be tested from long balls and you’ve got to defend your 18-yard box and it’s something that we worked on.

“We were just disappointed that we went in 2-1 down. What we didn’t do is feel sorry for ourselves, we dug in there and knew we’d get opportunities, and I thought our front three, our midfield players, everybody to a man were fantastic. Whatever they threw at us we defended with our lives, but we looked a constant threat every time we got the ball as well.”

On the result…

“It’s not a signal to anybody else apart from reiterating to us that we are a decent team. Even in the games we lost in the first four games of the season we were playing good football and we just didn’t get the breaks against some good teams.

“A result like this can just reiterate to everybody that the work that we’re doing in training is right, what we’re doing on a matchday situation is right and players have got big belief, confidence, and spirit amongst themselves.

“We’ve brought him in because we know he (Callum Morton) is capable of doing that (scoring goals). His work ethic is fantastic and he was a constant threat today. His hold-up play was good, his running off the shoulders of centre-backs and his combination play with Ged (Garner) was excellent. I can’t fault any of the players to be fair. It’s a difficult place to come.”

On Paddy Lane’s debut…

“We think he (Paddy Lane) is a good player. He’s in our 22-man squad. He’s had a great week with Ireland scoring his first goal and getting his first start for them as well.

“I feel sorry for Max Clark, he came off the bench, and then we just felt with him getting booked against the right wing-back who was lively, the best thing for the team was to take Max off as we didn’t want to go down to 10 men and give Rotherham the opportunity. Paddy came on and did what we asked him to do.”

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