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Baker: I’ve just got to keep pushing myself and keep impressing the manager

26 July 2022

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Fleetwood Town defender Drew Baker spoke after putting in a fine display in the Cod Army's victory over National League side FC Halifax Town at the Club's training complex, Poolfoot Farm.

After a fantastic performance and claiming an assist for Joe Garner’s goal, upcoming Town defender Baker talked to the Club’s media team about today’s game and his time at the club so far.

Here’s what he had to say on the game…

“I thought we started off really well. Halifax are a strong team and we had to defend well early on but once we got in to our rhythm, we kept the ball well. When we had our chances I thought we took them. Joe Garner looked dangerous the whole game, and we’re always going to score with a man like that up front.

“Going a goal behind doesn’t really change the mentality side that much. We got informed by the manager to carry on pushing and we knew if we played our stuff a goal would come and it did.“

On pre-season and taking opportunities…

“It’s been good, but it’s also been tough. When you get ready for a new season you want to be as fit as possible and as a young player, I’ve tried to push myself as much as I can to try and get in to the manager's eyeline.

“It has not always been easy. I’ve just got to keep pushing myself and keep impressing in our training sessions and matches. For me it helps having a positive dressing room behind you to keep pushing you forward.

“When I am given the opportunity like I have today, I need to grab it with both hands, even in the Development Squad games I need to always push on and be a leader on and off the pitch.

“Stephen Crainey and Nathan Pond who work with the Club’s Under-23s, they both gives us all little tips, as well as all the little dirty side to the game, which I think is the most important stuff.

“Obviously coming from a non-league background, you kind of pick things up from there. The combination of the two work well.”

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