Fleetwood Town midfielder Dan Batty spoke to the Club after scoring the winning goal in the pre-season friendly match away at Barrow AFC.
The former Hull City midfielder bagged his second goal in as many matches at Holker Street, after his 25-yard curling effort beat the keeper to give the Cod Army a 1-0 victory on the road.
With 45 minutes in the tank, here's what Batty had to say after the match.
On the game and his goal…
“I’ve got two in two now and I’ve been enjoying my football!. I’ve been playing a bit higher up at times so it’ll allow a few more shots to come from me and ultimately that’s paid off today with my goal.
“Ellis [Harrison] has done unbelievably well as he’s pulled off a double megs and I just saw it all open up and I thought that the chance was there so I took it and it ended up being a worldie sort of thing so I’ll take it!”
On pre-season as a whole…
“This pre-season has been tough, but it’s been an enjoyable one. I like the hard graft and work so that’s not a problem for me. It’s been a good start so far for me and the team and, hopefully, it will continue into something good.
“I like to do a bit of both, defending and attacking, so wherever the gaffer wants to play me, I’ll happily do it. When you play higher up the pitch, you get more opportunities to score like I have done tonight – hopefully more of them will come.
“It will be good to see a few familiar faces again at Highbury this weekend and if we play as well as we can and keep a clean sheet, it will put us in good stead going into the new season.”
On the clean sheets kept in pre-season…
“When you get a clean sheet, you at least know you are taking a point home. It was the same at Stoke City, I know we conceded on the day, but I felt the structure of the team was solid there. Tonight, we kept a good formation and getting more clean sheets will definitely help us in a lot of games this season.
“We want to force play wide as you don’t want it down the centre as that’s where the goal is. If we can force it out wide as much as we can and keep our structure, we have every chance to keep the ball out the back of the net.”
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