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Vela: We want to put on a performance for the fans

25 August 2023


Vela: We want to put on a performance for the fans

25 August 2023

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Fleetwood Town captain Josh Vela spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash at home to Shrewsbury Town.

Vela - who is now into his second season at the club - was given the captain's armband by head coach Scott Brown weeks after coming into the building. The former Bolton Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town midfielder acknowledged the poor start to the season, but told the media that things need to turn around quickly.

The 29-year-old sat down at Poolfoot Farm and spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire, and pointed out getting points on the board is important this weekend, as well as getting that confidence back into the squad of players with a busy schedule upcoming.

Here's what Josh had to say in his pre-match interview:

On the start of the season...

"You learn a lot about your teammates, especially around how much they want to dig in and turn things around. We didn't want this start, we didn't envision this start but football has a bad habit of doing that.

"We've got to pick ourselves up quickly as games are coming thick and fast for us to pick up some points. Everybody knows where we are, and we need to get points on the board.

"Pre-season can be one where you have a good one and lose games when the season begins. We've done well and obvioulsny not had the best start but it's all about fitness.

"New players have come through the door but the results, as well as the performances in the first few matches haven't been good enough.

"There are eleven men on a Saturday trying to stop you gettign the three points but we need to learn quickly to turn this bad start into a better period of the season."

On the team coming together...

"We've had chats in the dressing room with the coaches and without. Players have their opinions and that comes from the manager and then we review the game on Monday morning to see what we did well and how we can improve.

"I think the only game we let oursevles down in was the home game against Cambridge. We were all poor but then against Bolton we played well, created chances but we switched off three times and teams like Bolton will punish you.

"Against Derby, I thought we played well. We had chances, they had chances but we didn't score and we need to turn that around this weekend."

On the importance of this weekend...

"We are only four games into the season, but winning games or losing games can become a habit so it's important we got out of the losing side.

"In this league, I feel the first goal is vital and once you get that goal, you never know what will happen next but if you get the second and third, confidence comes flooding back.

"We need to get the three points on Saturday, not just for us, but also for the fans because they turn out every week, spend their hard earned money and we need to put on a performance for them."

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