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Morton: It's all about finding that rhythm within the squad

1 December 2022

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Forward Callum Morton sat down on Wednesday afternoon and previewed Fleetwood Town’s trip to face Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Morton has had a good start to the season, after playing in 18 games in all competitions, but is hoping that his goalscoring form is able to pick up after netting two in that time.

Town’s number 10 has been crucial in creating goals this season, the next step is finding the back of the net himself as Town makes the trip down south to plat the Tractor Boys under the lights on a Friday night.

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

On what the squad expect from the league clash…

“Everyone had Ipswich to be up there, with Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the season, we’ve got some tough games coming up and that runs starts with a trip to Portman Road on Friday. We went there and gave a good account of ourselves last season and think we were unlucky not to come away with a point.

“We want to go there this season, not let off and give them the opportunity to put pressure on us, we need to go there and be counted for. Whether the game will go like that, you never know, as it’s a difficult place to go with up to 25,000 people there so we are going there with the mentality that we don’t get beat and will hopefully come away with something.

“If you can get them on the back foot and get the crowd turning against them, it gives you every chance but if you allow the occasion to get on top of you as players and a team, it does act as the 12th man for them as it feels like they can drag the ball into the net as fans themselves if you allow that to happen.”

On gaining that winning mentality within the squad…

“We always want to win games, whether that’s in the cup or the league, so hopefully we can build on the one at Ebbsfleet this Friday against Ipswich. We want to get that winning mentality, we all want to win as is the case with everyone involved in football - once you get one, I think we can start turning those draws into wins.

“There are some games that we feel we should have gotten more than a point in, but there are also others that we may feel lucky that we got a point from them, so it balances itself out. There have been more times when we have wanted to turn draws into wins than there has been the opposite way so it’s all about finding that rhythm so we can start winning more games now.

On the changes in play style and being versatile…

“We have tightened up a lot defensively, and have maybe sacrificed going forwards slightly, which means we can’t be as expressive as we may like at times up at the top of the pitch. I’m not sure where that may have come from, I would have liked to do a bit better personally this season as I know we can all play better in the attacking areas.

“We just need to get to the position where we’re confident going forwards and can still stay stern defensively, once that comes, we’ve got the individuals to be able to turn games into wins. We are a good group collectively so hopefully, once we get that sorted, the points will start coming in.

“Last season, I played off the left a lot of the time under the two managers we had and have played more as a forward this season so being versatile is crucial as an attacker as it allows you to be picked for various positions so you can get on the pitch, which is the main thing – we’ve got a lot of these kinds of players so I think we’re in a good position as a squad.”

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