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

5 January 2023

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown has sat down with the local media to preview Saturday's Emirates FA Cup match against Queens Park Rangers.

After seeing his side pick up all three points in a 3-0 away win at Shrewsbury Town on New Years Day, Brown feels his side are in a good place with Neil Critchley's side coming to town this weekend.

With wins over Oxford City and Ebbsfleet United already in the Emirates FA Cup, Saturday will be another test for the Cod Army, and it's one the head coach says his players should go out and enjoy the experience.

Check out some of the key talking points from the pre-match press conference:

On the signing of David Harrington…

“He’s young, he’s keen and most importantly he wants to be here, and for us it was a no-brainer. He has quality, he has great range of passing and he is brave.

“We always want to bring in younger players to this football club because that’s the method of who we are and our goalkeeping coach [Owain Fon Williams] spoke highly of him and he does that job well, so it was good for us to so faith in him.

“We can’t wait to see David on the grass. He’s injured at the moment and it’s important he does his rehab and does the right things properly, then it’s about how far he can push himself.

“The challenge for him is ito be the number one goalkeeper at this football club, but as it stands we have two fantastic goalkeepers in Jakub [Stolarc – who has been brilliant in training and works hard, and for us Lynchy [Jay Lynch] has been one of the best players this season. He’s been brilliant and has been Mr. Reliable.”

On being a team who can affect the top end of the table…

“As it stands, we are where we are in the league table. We know we need to score more goals and I think in the last before Shrewsbury, we lost two set pieces in both games so we went with a little more strength in the game against Shrewsbury, and I did feel comfortable.

“I felt we were going to win first contacts; we were good with the second phases and the lads had taken our messages on board and they fully deserved the win because it can be hard after losing two in a row.

"To go away to Shrewsbury and score three goals and for them now to have a single shot on target is a huge result.

“It’s our home form we need to focus on, we’ve drawn a lot at home, and we just want to make it a hard place to come for teams, and yes we have played some nice football, but we haven’t killed games off.”

On the match against Queens Park Rangers…

“Neil Critchley is a fantastic coach. He’s been at Blackpool and Aston Villa and you don’t end up at those club’s without being a good coach and manager.

“He will have his tactics spot on. They play with a 4-3-3 and have great energy up top with Dikes and have players in the middle like Chair who are fantastic players.

“For us, we need to make sure we are on our game. We are playing a Championship club and it’s great experience for our players. We want them to enjoy it, we want them to show that there isn’t much of a difference between the two sides.

“For us, we want to be able to compete at home against them on Saturday!”


Due to this being an FA Cup fixture, Onward Card holders will need to buy a ticket for the match, and we've made it as simple as possible for you to book your seats so you don't miss anything of the action.

For example, it will only cost one Adult and an Under-18 just £19 to stand in the Memorial Stand, or just £22 to seat in the main stand at Highbury. 



Adults: £20

Seniors (65+): £10

Under-18s: £2


Adults: £18

Seniors (65+): £8

Under-18s: £1

Your match ticket can be purchased in-store at Highbury Stadium's Ticket Office, or they can be bought online via the Club's official website. If you would like to know any further details, please contact the Ticket Office on 01253 775080. 

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