Goalkeeper Jay Lynch sat down with the media on Thursday afternoon and spoke about his time at Fleetwood so far and how the side have prepared for Portsmouth at the weekend.
Lynch, who has kept five clean sheets in all competitions since joining the club in the summer, hopes that the side can stay defensively strong when they travel to Fratton Park to face Pompey on Saturday and keep up the recent run of form, having won the last two away league clashes against Peterborough United and Burton Albion respectively.
Here’s what Jay had to say in his pre-match interview:
On his last clean sheet and staying solid at the back…
“I’m always delighted when I get a clean sheet, although I didn’t have much to do so I’ll have to thank the defence for that one. When I’m called upon, I’ll just keep trying to do my job and we will see what happens going forwards.
“We’ve always got to be switched on at the back, always on it, and have to be ready for what they throw at us. I like to keep busy whilst on the pitch as I like to feel like I’m involved, but I don’t mind the odd quiet one every now and again.
“When the gaffer came in, he was on about the foundations at the back and how we had to be more solid – I feel like we’ve done that in most of the games as when you look back at them, we’ve been in all of them. We’ve been solid which gives us a platform going forwards, hopefully, we can add a few more goals to those foundations and pick up some more points.”
On how the season’s gone so far…
“I think we’ve started well, we are playing some good football, in the style that the manager wants, so I feel like we’ve got a good balance in the way that we play. Whether we play out from the back or go a bit longer and direct, we have the ability to mix it up and I feel like we can do whatever we need to do to be in games.
“It’s been lively in training after a good win on Tuesday, a game in which I thought we did well against a good Burton team who have been picking up results since they had a change of manager.
“There’s just one final bit that we need to add, and I feel like it’s coming, hopefully, it comes on Saturday. We are getting in the right areas and are creating good chances, but it’s just finding the back of the net. We’re working hard in training but it’s just piecing it together on a Saturday or a Tuesday that we need to figure out.”
On working hard and prepping for Pompey…
“I’ve loved every minute since I’ve come in; it’s totally fresh as I’m in a new setup with new surroundings. I’ve loved working with Fonners [Owain Fonn Williams], our goalkeeping coach that works us hard in every session, and Jakub [Stolarczyk] as well. I think we’ve got a good balance and can push each other every day – it’s not set in stone who plays.
“You’ve got to make sure you keep working hard and see where it takes you. Portsmouth has a big fanbase and is a big club, but we want to go there and make a good account of ourselves and hopefully, cause an upset. We won’t be favourites, but in our minds, we have a strong belief that we can go there and get something out of the game.
“We are well aware that Portsmouth will be a tough place to go this Saturday as well because they have had good home form so far this season.”