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Admiral Muskwe on his goal and the three points away at Shrewsbury

1 January 2023

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Fleetwood Town forward Admiral Muskwe spoke to the club after scoring his second goal in as many games in the 3-0 win away at Shrewsbury Town.

The striker - who is on-loan from Championship side Luton Town - helped the Cod Army win their opening game of the calendar year.

After Salop defender, Matthew Pennington was shown a straight red for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, it was on Muskwe to step up and convert from 12-yards, setting Fleetwood off on the right foot early in the match.

Further goals from striker partner, Promise Omochere and former Shrewsbury man Josh Vela sealed the win in Shropshire.

Here's what Admiral had to say about the match:

On the win and the penalty...

"Obviously, you want to start the New Year off with a win, so we started as we mean to go on so to get the three points, score three goals and to send our fans home happy.

“I think with the red card, there was some build up on what was going to happen in my head with the kick, but I am always wary that the team and the goalkeeper are going to try and play games, so if I know what I am going to do, I will just stick with that and never let anything change my mind.

“You just have to block it out, block it out completely. They’re just trying to get in your head and if you allow it, they’re one up and then you become hesitant taking the penalty, so it was a matter of blanking it out and focusing on what I need to do and thankfully, it came off.

“It’s always good to score in front of the travelling fans and then to celebrate with them after the win."

On the frustrations of the last three months...

“I have been out for three months, and I have been itching to get back on the pitch. It was my hamstring that went first so I was meant to be out for six weeks, and then I had another issue, so I was out for a further six weeks.

“No player wants to get injured; they want to be playing on the Saturday and the Tuesday and playing 90 minutes and helping the team.

“As a forward myself, my job is to try to score and create goals and when I am unable to do that, but I am itching to do that and when you get into a situation where you can contribute, it helps massively, and I hope it continues.”

On the team's performance and game management...

“In football, you see a lot of times when you play a team and they’ve gone down to ten men, you change your game plan as you know you have an extra player, you start to dilly dally on the ball and start taking extra touches.

“We didn’t do that and we made sure our eleven men did their jobs, we were very good for the first 15-20 minutes so there was no need to change what we were doing and it’s great that we managed to get the three points.

“At half-time it was 2-0, and the gaffer [Scott Brown] mentioned the score line and at that stage it was a little iffy. We knew their manager would have given his players a little bit so it was important we didn’t let them score as it can make you shaky.

“We just said we need to shut up shop for the first 10-15 minutes of the second half, and then work our way back into the game, play smart and win fouls here and there and just be cute, and then from there we got the third goal.”


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