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Harrop: It’s a great feeling to be back on the field

18 April 2022


Harrop: It’s a great feeling to be back on the field

18 April 2022

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Forward Josh Harrop spoke to the club after making his full return to the side in Fleetwood Town’s draw against Gillingham on Easter Monday.

Harrop, who went off injured in his debut for the club a couple of months back, came off the bench in the game against Oxford United on Good Friday before being named in the starting XI for Town’s fixture against Gillingham, in which he was praised by Head Coach Stephen Crainey.

Here’s what Josh had to say in his interview:

On the game against Gillingham…

“It was tough, but I know that I’m fit now and we’re looking to push until the end of the season. It’s a great feeling to be back on the field playing football, that’s what I want to be doing and I got 70 minutes in my legs which is good for me to go into the next game.

“In the first half, we knew what was coming, it was going to be played into the box by them, and we had to defend, and we did that well. It was one of those games that could have gone either way but, we took a point out of it so we will move on to Wimbledon.

“We are fighting against teams who are in the same position as us and I thought our fans who came here were brilliant, they backed us the whole way and they were positive from the get-go. You’ve got to give it to them as they proved to be that extra man for us.”

On the squad’s performances in the draw…

“Every lad put a shift in, and it was a great performance from the squad in general. The defence was outstanding, we know how they play and how they’ve got a threat upfront. They also shell the ball forwards and look for second balls and our midfield cut those out throughout the game.

“Toto [Nsiala] was outstanding, he won every header against a brilliant forward for them and, as I’ve said, we didn’t win the game, but we’ve got a point out of it. We need to build on that now and go and get three points in the next game.

“In terms of Paddy [Lane], it’s a heavy tackle from both players and a bit of a bizarre one with two sendings off, but we are just hoping that he is ok. I’m not sure what state he is in as he’s been stretchered off but that is our main focus from that.”

On the fight until the end of the season…

“We want to get as many points as we can, and I thought everyone out there fought for each other. It’s not an easy game to come here so to come and get a point on the board, it’s good for us as every point matters.

“A point is a point at this stage of the season, we made sure we got it by fighting for every ball, and everyone put in a performance. As we’ve said in the past, if you can’t take all three points, you don’t lose the game and that’s what we did today.

“Every game from now until the end of the season is massive, we’ve got to try and get as many points as we can and continue to fight for each other out there to stay in this division. That’s what we will do, everyone in there has each other’s back and we will give it our best shot.”

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