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Brown: I am delighted for the fans as they were brilliant today

12 November 2022


Brown: I am delighted for the fans as they were brilliant today

12 November 2022

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media following his sides 2-2 draw away at Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One.

A brace from Town defender Shaun Rooney - with his second being a 98th minute equaliser in front of the travel fans - ensured the Cod Army went back up the M6 with a share of the points.

The hosts Bristol Rovers turned the game around by scoring two second half goals, but with seven minutes added on, it gave the visitors time to search for that all important late goal.

Here's what Scott Brown had to say following the dramatic match at the Memorial Stadium.

On the whole game…

“It was a game of two halves if I am being honest. I thought in the first half we controlled the game, we created a lot of chances and put Bristol Rovers under a lot of pressure.

"In the second-half I think the home fans frightened our lads a little bit and I have to be honest and say they were fantastic [the fans] but our lads didn’t dealt with it well and we caused our own problems with sloppy defender and switching off

“It was more ball watching and not working out where people were but we managed to get through that, we managed to score two goals, and it was about time we scored a late goal to be honest.

“The subs made an impact, they gave us some more energy and then right at the end, big Roons [Shaun Rooney] managed to flick the ball on and for me it’s just the willingness to go and score a goal and that man always give us everything and always does.”

On Shaun Rooney…

“He thrives off this kind of atmosphere and I think that’s where lads have to learn as you have to come away from home and thrive off the atmosphere and if people want to get on top of you, you need to go and show you’re a quality player.

“In the first half, we did show the fans that we have quality players and got the ball down and played some great football and played a lot of diagonals to switch the play and find the likes of Roons [Rooney] and his willingness to get in behind causes teams problems.”

On the travelling fans and next week…

“I am delighted for the fans as they were brilliant today.

"They've travelled a long way to support us and it’s just great that they can now get on the bus home and have something to cheer about. I am sure they’ll be chanting about Shaun Rooney all the way back home!

“As you know, the league is hard. There are lots of games and it’s relentless and having a week to train is great for the lads and for us coaches because we can actually get some coaching sessions in.

“We need to make sure that we give the players as much information as possible. We need to hit the target more and make the keeper work but the lads work hard for us and they have been fantastic.”

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