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Crainey: It’s been a positive week on the training ground

20 January 2022


Crainey: It’s been a positive week on the training ground

20 January 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press ahead of his side’s away trip to face Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Saturday.

The Cods head into the game down in London on the back of two consecutive wins against Doncaster Rovers and high-flying Rotherham United respectively, with Ellis Harrison and Anthony Pilkington both grabbing goals in those games.

Here’s what Stephen had to say in his pre-match interview:

On the opposition…

“They’re a tough side, it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got big support and have a big stadium so it will be good for the lads to go and test themselves against them. We’re in good form and will go there with confidence at the same time. Every game in League One is tough and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s been a positive week, beating a team near the top of the league in Rotherham helped with that. The training has been nice and bright, but that normally comes with winning games of football, and we want to continue that vein of form that we’re in – hopefully, we can back that up at Charlton.

“I’m content with the group at the moment, the games come thick and fast in League One and we want to try and get some freshness in the group, we’ve got a three-game week next week which will be testing for the squad and I’m sure everyone will be utilised in that sense.”

On January signings…

“The new players (Ellis Harrison, Toto Nsiala, and Zak Jules) have settled in well, Ellis grabbed a goal on his debut as well so all three have come in and impacted the group in a positive way. They’ve hit the ground running and have fit in with the group so that’s a pleasing aspect.

“They’ve all contributed; Ellis got his goal at Doncaster, big Toto came on at half-time against Rotherham and made a difference by getting on the end of the set play which led to the goal, and Zak was outstanding throughout the game as well – hopefully, that can continue.

“They’ve been brilliant in training, the group have made them all feel welcome, so it’s made the transition a little bit easier for them. Bringing them in, it’s put everyone on their toes as it created competition for places and that’s what we want in the group. Hopefully, before the end of the window, we can get a couple more in as we want as much strength in depth for every position.”

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