Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown has spoken to us after his sides 1-0 victory away at League Two side, Barrow AFC on Tuesday 19 July.
In Town’s penultimate pre-season friendly, Dan Batty’s long-range effort was the difference at Rolker Street with the Bluebirds being down to ten-men for the last 30 minutes of the game.
With both the experiences pros and young lads getting minutes on the pitch, it was a successful evening for Brown and his coaching staff.
On the game…
“It was a great 90-minutes for us. Once they [Barrow AFC] had a man sent-off, we lost some intent to go after the ball high up the pitch. When your opponents lose a player, that’s when there has to be more intent in your play, making them make mistakes and winning the ball high up the park but we didn’t do that well until Batty’s goal.
“On the goal, Ellis Harrison has won the ball high up and found Batty – who I have to say scored a great goal, but I was asking for him to pass it and keep the ball but sometimes you have to let the forward players flourish and that’s what has done now, two goals in two games.”
“There’s always going to be ups and down in games and tonight it was very stop start and a lot of fouls but for us, the main thing was we won the game and managed to see out the victory."
On the young players…
“Drew Baker has done well in training with Stephen Crainey. We have high hopes for him. Kyle White has come on tonight and done well, same with Max McMillan who almost scored again but for us, it was about giving these young players an opportunity.
“This is a Club that gives the younger players a chance and an opportunity to showcase their talents and for today, it was great to get them in the first team environment and for them to see what we expect from them.
“It’s good for the experiences pros as well as it shows these players are coming for their shirt and wanting it. Now it’s for the first team lads to maintain theirs and keep pushing the whole group.”
On the clean sheet…
“When we came into the Club, this is something that we looked at first as we conceded so many goals last season, especially late on in matches.
“It’s a clean-sheet as well. We looked very secure, and our structure was very good especially in the first half. It’s okay hitting the heights against Stoke City, but we need to make sure we maintain that every Saturday and Tuesday and that’s what the lads need to keep doing.”
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