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Crainey: When you don’t win games you make sure you don’t lose them

5 April 2022

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Crainey: When you don’t win games you make sure you don’t lose them

5 April 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after his side’s 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at Highbury.

The Cods made it three games unbeaten after being held to a draw by the Imps at Highbury. Fleetwood took the lead midway through the first half after Dan Batty sent his strike from range into the bottom corner before Lewis Fiorini levelled it up in the second half.

Here’s what Crainey had to say…

On the game…

“I thought it was a game of two halves. In the first 45 minutes, we were really good and showed real energy in the game, we were aggressive in our defending and were on the front foot in everything we did.

“In the second half, we knew we were going to get a reaction from Lincoln, and I thought we struggled to get a foothold in the game. We had a couple of chances to go 2-0 up and, unfortunately, we didn’t take those chances.

“It’s a point, we’ll take it, and we’ll move on to Saturday. It’s four points in the last two games, taking the three would’ve been ideal but when you don’t win games of football you make sure you don’t lose them.

“I’m really confident we’re going to stay up, but we need to go and earn the right to do that. The way the lads have applied themselves makes me think even more that we’re going to do it."

On the performance…

“It was a good strike from outside of the box from Dan [Batty], he’s looked sharp in training. Obviously, he’s not had many matches at all so he lasted the hour but that will do him the world of good for the rest of the season so it was nice to have him back.

“I thought he [Alex Cairns] was absolutely outstanding; the save in the second half down to his right-hand side, I thought it was a goal and it just came from nowhere and stopped the ball from going in the net.

“He was key for us tonight and hopefully he can keep those performances up from now until the rest of the season. He’s come back into the team and has been outstanding over the last couple of games.”

“In terms of our application and attitude, the group has been really good but we need to win games of football and I’m sure we can do that.”


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