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Crainey: We finished the game the stronger team

29 January 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Cambridge United at Highbury Stadium.

After a dominant first-half performance, Town went behind 65 minutes when Wes Hoolahan’s corner found its way into the back of the Fleetwood goal, however, the Cod Army responded well, and Paddy Lane fired home an equaliser in the 72nd minute.

Crainey’s side fought valiantly in the dying stages to try and find a winner, but both sides had to settle for a point.

Here's what Crainey had to say:

On the game…

“It was a consistent and steady performance. It would have been nice if we’d have got the three points but when you don’t get the three points you make sure you don’t lose the game and that’s what we did today.

“We went behind through a set-play and I reiterated to the group before the game that set-plays are going to play a massive part, especially with the conditions out there today.

“We conceded a goal from one today but the character they showed to come back into the game as well was pleasing and we finished the game the stronger team, probably the team looking to go on and win it, but unfortunately, we didn’t go on and do that.”

On the performance…

“Two goals in two games from Paddy Lane so hopefully he can continue that form, another strike from outside the box as well. I’m disappointed to not get the three points but we’ll take the point and move on to Shrewsbury next week.

“We needed a bit of composure in the final third but sometimes in games you that that composure, but today we never really got it. I love the grit and determination in the group at the moment and long may that continue.

“In the first half we had a few set-pieces but never really capitalised on them. It would have been nice to get a goal from one of them, I knew they were going to be key today. We never got the goal, they did but I’m really pleased with the response after that.”


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