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Brown: We just need to pick up more points at home

15 December 2022

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One match Cambridge United at Highbury Stadium.

With Town picking up all three points in their last league encounter away at MK Dons, thanks to goals from Carl Johnston and Dan Batty, this weekend gives the club the opportunity to make it back-to-back league home wins for the first time this season. 

Here's what Scott Brown had to say in his pre-match press conference:

Preparations ahead of Cambridge match…

“It is the first time that we have been phased with this kind of situation with the pitches being frozen and we’ve had to train on the astro-turf pitches. The lads have done well as it has been -8 and -9 here so it has been very cold.

“We just haven’t had enough sunlight to make the ice fall through, but we’ve had to do what we’ve had to do and that’s probably the same with many teams across the United Kingdom this week, but if we are ready and organised, we should be good for Saturday.

“Hopefully it goes ahead. We still have the sheets on the pitch and the Grounds Staff are saying to be that it’s going to be okay for this weekend. I believe we’ve had the heaters on just to keep things ticking over but we are hoping it all goes to plan but we will know more tomorrow morning.

“We want to play as we don’t want a backlog of games later in the season, the pitch should be fine, and we just need to pick up more points at home and that comes from a great result last weekend and also away at Ipswich the week before.”

On the late goals and momentum in football…

“It’s what the lads did really well last weekend as well as the week before against Ipswich, it’s that never say die attitude and the players now believe that they can go and win every game and that’s great for us.

“We feel if we are organised and settled, and an example of this was Ipswich away, we didn’t settle well and they went one up in the first few minutes and it was a bit like the Alamo to be honest and then after that we were calmer, we put passes together and played the way we usually play.

“For us to get a 1-1 result against a team like Ipswich, and then against MK Dons who are a footballing side, it shows how well the lads are playing at the moment.”

On what to expect from Cambridge United…

“We haven’t won two games in a row this season or for a long time, it will be huge for the Club and it will be a huge for the lads in terms of a confidence boost but we know it won’t be easy.

“We know it will be a hard game. Teams in this league are hard to beat whoever it is and when teams play away from home, they do tend to setup to defend and it’s up to us to take the game to them, especially when we are at home.

“It’s going to be a physical game. They’re similar to us in the way they can mix it up and be direct and then also play out from the back. They had a fantastic result last weekend against Plymouth Argyle and picking up a draw.

“For us, it’s about us breaking them down as we know they’ll be secure defensively. We need to restrict their balls into the box as they’ve got some physicality up top with Ironside and he and other players can cause us a lot of problems.

“We need to make sure we are secure behind the ball before we go and throw bodies forward."

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