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Whittaker: Today is a hurdle we had to overcome

29 October 2022


Whittaker: Today is a hurdle we had to overcome

29 October 2022

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Steven Whittaker spoke to the Club following the 3-0 victory over Accrington Stanley in the Lancashire Derby at Highbury Stadium.

After an even first half, second half goals from Carlos Mendes Gomes, Shaun Rooney and Josh Earl saw Fleetwood claim their second home win of the season.

Goalkeeper Jay Lynch pulled off a fantastic save midway through the second half to ensure it was three points and a clean sheet for the Cod Army.

Here’s what the forward had to say after the game:

On the match and the goals…

“We are very pleased with that today. We asked the lads for a reaction following the last few results. We weren’t happy with parts of the games, but this was a big game for us to push up the league table.

“The first half we had chances and so did Accrington but there wasn’t much in the game and then once we got the goal in the first half, we settled into the game and showed the quality they have as players in this match and then we scored a few goals and a comfortable ending the game.

“I know we want to score goals and entertain people but to finally get the win under our belts is massive. In other games, we’ve had chances but not taken them so I think we will only worry when the chances aren’t happening. But we had plenty of opportunities today and could have scored more but it’s about being clinical."

On today's goal scorers...

“We know Carlos Mendes Gomes has quality as you can see it in his play and then he showed his composure and then assisted two goals and scored one. We know we want to get our players into certain areas of the pitch and Carlos was absolutely a massive part of our win today.

“We had different types of goals today, Roons [Shaun Rooney] was playing wing-back so we knew he would have been full of running all afternoon at the back post so to be in there for the goal shows his quality.

“Josh [Earl] got the one from the corner, which a big part of the game is set plays, so we need to defend and attack those when we get the opportunities. You try to pick out vulnerable areas of the opposition’s set-up, so I’m delighted Josh got his goal.”

On the importance of momentum in football...

“It’s a momentum thing and a mindset we need to have; today is a hurdle that we overcame as we scored, and then went again straight away. We know we are capable of that as we constantly tell the boys how good they are, so they have the belief to do this kind of performance week in, week out.

“You need to try and assess where you are and what you want to get out of each game, but Tuesday is a new game. We will recover and regroup tomorrow and watch some games of Oxford [United] so we can get the lads prepared to travel – this is so we are in the best position possible to do it again.”

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