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Brown: We need to make sure we are on our 'A' game

23 February 2023


Brown: We need to make sure we are on our 'A' game

23 February 2023

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Lancashire Derby match against Morecambe at Highbury Stadium.

Town made it back-to-back home wins on Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over Cambridge United, just a week after the club recorded the same result against play-off hopefuls, Peterborough United.

Spirits are high within the camp after the recent run of results, and with local rivals Morecambe the next visitors to Highbury, we sat down with the gaffer to talk about the game and what he expects from Derek Adams' men.

On the recent run of results...

“It’s hard to pick up results, especially at this time of year as the pitch gets hard, and it starts to cut up and that’s hard as we are a possession-based team. We’ve turned it around, we’ve had a few good clean sheets recently and that comes from the defence being solid behind the ball, but also being calm and collective when on the ball.

“The defence start a lot of our attacks, where that’s counter or playing through and if they’re calm, it feeds through the rest of the team and that has really helped.

“With Brendan [Wiredu] stepping in at the back, that is something that has helped the team. He’s been expectational in the last 4-5 games and for us, it’s great he has that versatility so he can jump in between midfield and the back line. He’s boosted the squad.

“We did find it difficult at home in recent weeks. We now find ourselves in a very good position and now it’s important we kick-on even further. We have an important game away at Burnley."

On the confidence with the fans…

“The fans have been with us week-in week-out and they’ve continued to support us. Hopefully we’ve turned a corner as they haven’t had much to cheer with us but over the last two games, they’ve probably had something back and are leaving the stadium with a happy face knowing we can get results.

“It will be a good derby. Everybody in the town and the players are looking forward to it because we all know how important the game is. For us, we need to make sure we are organised, we are setup and rested and Friday will see us go through shape but overall, it will be a chilled day and we need to make sure we are on our A game.”

On Morecambe and coming up against Derek Adams…

“Derek has done a very good job at Morecambe and has made them very hard to beat. They’ve jumped into a couple of different formations recently, so we just need to wait to see how they play.

“In the last few games, they’ve had more possession of the ball and have some very good lads in the middle of the park who can get on the ball and play, and everybody knows how good of a player is Cole Stockton.

“He came off the other day so we aren’t sure if he’s going to be available, but we will wait and see how they shape up and go from there.

“With Derek is a great person and spoke really well after the game when I went to speak to him last time we met, and that’s what us Scottish lads do. It’s like the goalkeepers union, we just stick together.”

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