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Rooney: We want to carry on keeping clean sheets

20 August 2022

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Man of the match Shaun Rooney spoke to the club after keeping another clean sheet after a goalless draw against Derby County at Highbury.

Rooney was part of the back four for Fleetwood as the side kept their third home clean sheet in a row, with the others coming against Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup and Cheltenham Town in the league and will be looking to add to that collection on Tuesday when Premier League side Everton come to town.

Here’s what Shaun had to say after the game:

On the game overall…

“It’s a good point; I don’t know much about this league, but I want to win every game – we’ll take the point if everyone is saying it’s a good one.

“The second half showed the problems we were able to cause them, but I think we could have done it a bit better in the first half. I’m sure the gaffer has said the same thing as it’s just about knowing what to do and when to do it.

“We created a few more chances in the second half, I thought we could have had a penalty, but we didn’t get one. Everybody has to be a part of the goals and even play parts in creating them as well so hopefully, we can keep playing together as they will come.

On the team’s defensive display…

“I think bravery was the difference in the second half, we pushed higher up as a team, and it certainly made us better in the second half.

“We said that, with their formation, we had to press them as they changed shape for us. We played in a shape that would affect them and we ended up finding that balance after half-time.

“That’s three home clean sheets in a row if you include the cup game. All we want to do is carry on keeping clean sheets and, hopefully, the goals will come at the other end.

“I think we defended well as a team; we were the side pushing forwards, but also had to dig deep and defend as a team in the last 10 seconds.

On the comparison of football in Scotland and the EFL…

“The teams that we’ve played so far want to get the ball down and play football. On Tuesday when we played Cheltenham, it was a bit scrappy, but I feel like we could have created more dangerous chances than we did. Up the road, it was always a scrappy game, and it was all about fighting for seconds.

“The gaffer [Scott Brown] will say different as he played for Celtic where it was just possession and all about keeping the ball but, up the road, it was all about fighting for your lives at St. Johnstone. It was all about working your hardest and trying to get either the three points or another point on the board.

“It will be good, yet tough, on Tuesday night. In Scotland, we beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup, so it is what it is, and we just have to keep on going and treat it just like a normal game. You can’t go in thinking ‘it’s a Premier League club’, you just have to take the ball to them and hope you get through to the next round.”


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