Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Whittaker: We are expecting a tough one

10 November 2022


Whittaker: We are expecting a tough one

10 November 2022

Sponsored by

Fleetwood Town assistant head coach Steven Whittaker spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One match away at Bristol Rovers.

Whittaker - who joined the Club in the summer alongside head coach, Scott Brown - said on Thursday in his pre-match press conference that his side are looking forward to this occasion in Bristol, and it's one that he knows will be tough but one the group are ready for.

Here are the key aspects from Whittaker's interview:

On the FA Cup victory and a televised game...

“It was good to get through in the FA Cup last weekend and we’ve let the players have a few days off as it has been a hectic schedule over the last six weeks and there are lots of games to come up.

“All run-up to the Christmas period isn’t too bad now and we can now do some more work on the training ground and make sure the lads are looking after themselves and are all in a good place.

“We’ve now had a few clear days on the training ground ahead of the Bristol Rovers match and hopefully we are all raring to go.

“It’s a good enough draw for us and hopefully we can go down there and get a result. They [Ebbsfleet United] are flying at their level and it’s one to look forward to with the game on tele and for the lads to show what they’re capable of when it comes round."

On Lewis Warrington and his recent performances...

“Lewis [Warrington] has been great since coming in and he’s a footballer who wants to get on the ball and dictate the play and he’s a big part of what we are trying to do and he’s got a great attitude and that always helps.

“He’s getting along with the lads in the dressing room, and he’s slotted in well and that has been shown on the pitch as his performance levels have been high and I hope he can continue that with us this season.

“Lewis wants to impact games and that just shows his character in that position as he wants to get on the ball, switch the play and he’s one that doesn’t hide and that’s good to have in your midfield and as I said, he’s going to be a big part of what we want to do here."

On the threats Bristol Rovers pose...

“Against Bristol, it’s going to be a tough game. They’re going to be up for the game and we need to try and stifle that and stay in the game and then put out stamp on the game as well but for us, we’ve been in every game and hasn’t been one where we’ve been defeated heavily, it’s just by the one goal and we know we can go there and grind out a game and we also have the quality to hurt them. Each game is different and we’re looking forward to it.

“We know Bristol Rovers will want to start off fast, they’re a high-energy team and they have good players at the top end of the pitch and have players who have scored goals so we need to guard against that. We are expecting a tough one, but hopefully things can go our way.

“We are new to the game so you’re going to come across some new faces in the dugouts and we know that Joey Barton has spent some time in Scotland at Rangers and we fully aware of who he is and what he brings and for us,. It’s another challenge and it’s important we focus on us so we have a plan in place."

Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match Tickets Account