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Brown: It’s never done until the window is closed

1 September 2022

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Head Coach Scott Brown sat down with the media and spoke about the transfer window as a whole, the recent loan signing of Admiral Muskwe, and Fleetwood Town's game at the weekend against Wycombe Wanderers.

With the Cod Army announcing their first signing on Deadline Day - a loan deal for Muskwe from Championship side Luton Town - the Fleetwood boss managed to take some time out away from the office to talk about Wycombe, Admiral and also the fans.

Here is what Scott Brown had to say:

On the Club's latest signing...

“We have been looking for a striker since Ellis Harrison left the Club. It left us light up top and we feel Admiral [Muskwe] is the right fit for us. He trained with us today and looked sharp, he was scoring goals and you can see his quality. He played last week for Luton Town against Swansea so he has that experience we are looking for.

“We are very lucky to have him with us at the Club and will be in contention at the weekend. We aren’t sure if he will start but we will see how his fitness is as he has been travelling a lot these last few days and for us, it’s about seeing if he’s ready or going to be an impact.

“At the Club, we have Ged and Joe Garner and as I said, that leaves us a little bit light up top. I know we have Callum Morton, but I prefer to play Callum out on the wing, coming inside into space and making runs in behind. The Chairman has been generous to allow us to bring in players.

“Admiral understands that we are a high-pressing team, and we want to press the ball up as soon as possible and he’s shown that in training today and also that he has that from clips we have watched over the last few days. He can stretch teams and can finish and he ticks all the boxes. We will get him up and running and see what he’s all about."

On the squad and the opportunity Brown has…

“The lads have been brilliant since day one and now have a good understanding and it’s about being on the front foot and pressing teams. We try this against everyone we play, even against Everton the other week, and we will continue to play that way and with our energy, it’s about fitness levels and doing it Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday.

“With this style, you need to rotate players and give some a rest but that gives me problems in the next game if players perform. It’s a huge thing to have a big squad in the modern game as you can’t expect players to play 60 games in a season with the intensity we play. To be successful, you need all to be fit and ready and a belief that we can maintain for and progress.

“I am loving this opportunity; the Club and the players have been great with me. We all believe in what we want to do and the way we want to go forward."

On Deadline Day...

“It’s never done until the window is closed - that’s with players coming in and players going out. Managers and scouts are looking at players all the time but you just never know what’s going to happen.

"If the money is right, we will have a chat with the players but we need to make sure we balance the books. I will be glad to see the window shut, it has been my first one as manager and for us, we did a lot of business early in the window so no panic today. We’ve got a striker in and wait to see what happens."

On Wycombe Wanderers and the importance of the fans...

“Gareth [Ainsworth] has done a fantastic job at Wycombe. He’s taken them through the divisions and is a manager who I look up to. He’s adapted his style of play over the years and they’re starting to play some great football, and we know that they like to put crosses into the box and if you can get balls into the box quickly, then you give your strikers the most chance of scoring goals.

“We need to make sure that we are prepared for Saturday, we need to make sure we stop their crosses coming into our box and for us, we’ve worked on that and it’s also about how we play and how we create chances because we don’t get enough balls in the box and those early deliveries cause teams problems, as well as our players running in behind.

“The fans have been brilliant, they have come out in their thousands and it’s a great atmosphere that they create. Wayne Bibby [Fleetwood Town’s SLO] is running up and down the stands every week to get everybody involved and cheering on the team.

“There are a lot of good people at this Football Club who are willing to help as they want the best for us and we want the best for them.”

Watch Fleetwood Town versus Wycombe Wanderers this Saturday at Highbury. Tickets are available in-store at the Ticket Office, and can also be bought online HERE!

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