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Mendes Gomes: I believe the best thing was to come here on loan

13 January 2023

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Fleetwood Town forward Carlos Mendes Gomes was on media duty on Thursday afternoon ahead of the Sky Bet League One match against Oxford United.

The Cod Army welcome Oxford to Highbury on Saturday 14 January for a 3pm kick-off, and with Town picking up back to back wins in the New Year, there's huge optimist around the club going into this match.

Mendes Gomes scored in the last meeting between the two sides, and it's one the 24-year-old believes this side can win.

Here's what Carlos had to say in this pre-match interview:

On his loan spell at Town and developing...

“During this loan spell, I have been able to focus my talent and I believe I have come to the right environment to do that.

“From the staff to the player, and those in and around me, they have treated me as part of the family and it’s good to work in a place where you feel loved and a part of it and for the first part of the season, I feel I have done well.

“I think people have let me go out onto the pitch to enjoy myself. They will tell you details on the opposition, tell you stats on running and how to be in certain areas. We focus on how we can hurt teams and it has actually helped players as it makes it easier for us.

“At the end of the day, you have to get on with it on the pitch but whilst being here, I have learnt a lot. I have pushed myself in the gym in times I have been injured and all of those have helped me develop.”

On ambitions and wanting to learn...

“I have always said that my ambition is to play as high in the leagues as possible, I don’t want to be a player where I play with potential and not reach the levels I know I can. At Luton I wasn’t guaranteed playing time and it was tough for me.

“I believe the best thing was to come here on loan, learn as a player and if that’s what it takes to reach the heights on the Championship again, I just want to keep kicking on.

“It has been an amazing journey. I like to look forward and I am very ambitious. Sometimes it’s nice to look back and see what you have achieved as it can give you inspirations.

“For myself, I believe if you have the ability and want to achieve, if you put in the hard work and are patient, you will get there and that has been my case. I know I have the ability, but I have had to work on certain areas of my game and that will help me reach where I am.”

On Scott Brown, recent results & the Oxford match...

“The gaffer has been amazing with me since day one. Not just as a coach, but as a person and I must admit, that’s not what I expected as I thought he would be stricter. He is when he has to be, but he’s close to the group and lets us be ourselves.

“I feel after the last few wins, especially the win over QPR [In the FA Cup] as nobody expected us to go and win the game and that just shows that this group can compete at that level.

“It shows we are more than good enough to play against a good Championship side, we just need to replicate that in the league and with the two wins, confidence is high around the camp and we are just ready for the next match.

“It’s a good time for us to play this match against Oxford United. If we can beat them, then we can really start looking up the league table and get closer to the play-off places as we aren’t far away.

“I feel the love here at Fleetwood and I can’t wait to play again this weekend.”


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