Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the local press ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Sunderland this Saturday at Highbury Stadium.
Grayson, who saw his side make it four games unbeaten after their 4-2 win over Rotherham United on Saturday, is hoping that the positivity in the camp will help boost the side in their next league clash, which is against Lee Johnson’s Black Cats.
Here’s what he had to say:
On the current form…
“You have to have belief in your players, I tell them every day in training that as staff we have great belief in them and they’re always very positive of the instructions we put out for them.
“In the games at the start of the season we were very close to winning them, football is all about fine margins, but on a day-to-day basis we stress to the players that we have trust in them, I’ve been in football a long time to know when to turn good performances into results and that’s what we have done recently.”
On the mood in the camp…
“We’re on a run of positivity and we need to take advantage of it, if you look back to last Saturday’s result our players weren’t prepared to just see the game out, but we were ruthless and went to get the next goal.
“In an ideal situation you go in-front in games and that’s the way it stays, but the character we have in our squad shows that we do emphasise that we can go out and capitalise on it - our players spoke between themselves in the dressing room, and it always makes my job a lot easier.”
On the league clash ahead…
“I don’t focus on the league table, nor do I read it at this point and I’m not interested in what other teams do, our main focus is how we’re doing; allegedly Sunderland are top of the table but we have to make sure we embrace these games.
“Not many teams enjoy coming to Highbury, they will look at us and see we’re on a decent run of form and have some quality players, we do have to respect Sunderland though, they will think they’re far too big for the division and will think they have been here for far too long, no-one has a divine right to get out of the division, you have to earn it.”