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Brown: We showed determination especially in the second half

18 October 2022

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown spoke after his sides 2-2 draw against Manchester United's Under-21s at Highbury in the Papa Johns Trophy.

Second-half goals from Carlos Mendes Gomes and Joe Garner looked like they were enough to pick up three points in the cup clash, but an injury-time goal from Shola Shoretire meant the game would go to penalties. Jakub Stolarczyk saved two to give us a platform, with Cian Hayes scoring the winning penalty soon after.

Here’s what the gaffer had to say:

On the game…

“It’s a hard one, we drew three games. We’ve not managed to see the victories out, we’ve always been in them to be perfectly honest so it’s a bit disappointing, but the main thing was we showed determination, especially in the second half.

“We had to bring a couple of subs on, especially the first-team lads. They brought a little bit of composure on, a little bit of game knowledge and also that understanding of how to create chances and score goals.

“A young lad Sam Glenfield was fantastic today. His understanding of how to play that position, and he’s not been in that position a lot, but his work rate, determination, his willingness to win the ball in the tackle, it’s great to see a young kid having that passion and that desire.”

On an improved second-half performance…

“Take nothing away from Man United, they’re an excellent team and I’m sure they’ve got a lot of players that are going to have fantastic careers.

“In the first half, they gave us a lesson on how to keep the ball, an understanding of their game plan as well. They really caused us problems, we couldn’t solve it on the park, but in the second half I thought we did that a lot better and there were a lot of good performances as well.

“We controlled the game at times, we were always going to get put under a little bit of pressure, and at the end, we needed to score another goal to go through, so we were pushing bodies forward and we were always going to get counter-attacked at some point.”

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