Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the local press on Thursday afternoon ahead of his side’s return to Highbury Stadium as they prepare themselves for this weekend’s Lincoln City fixture.
It was a memorable result for the Cods last Saturday, which saw Brown’s lads travel to face Derby County for the first time at Pride Park, and they came away from Derbyshire 2-0 winners over the play-off chasing side thanks to an own goal and a solo run down the flank from Carlos Mendes Gomes. Now, they will want to put that momentum to good use when the Imps come to town.
Here’s what the gaffer had to say ahead of the game:
On the next challenge for Town…
“It was a good result against Derby and now we’ve got Lincoln at home, on a tight pitch. It will be hard, and the pitch is probably not as good as what Derby’s pitch was, but at the same time, it’s still one of the better pitches in the league for us. We need to try and play our game on Saturday, get the ball down and play exciting football and don’t go route one all the time.
“The lads want to go out against teams in this league, especially the top ones, and show that they can compete. It’s a great club here at Fleetwood which is full of people who want to consistently push above our weight that’s for sure, and going away to Derby, that’s what we did as we competed with them and matched their willingness to get on the ball.
“We need to be able to mix the game up and for me, Jayden [Stockley] brings that, he brings a little bit of quality to his feet, but also that bit of aggression in the air so he can hold the ball up. He wants to score goals to and the partnership at thew weekend, Jack [Marriott] and Jayden, worked really well, but we still have options to change things up.”
On the Derby win last time out…
“I think that Derby was the best away performance we’ve had so far this season; speaking to the Chairman, he was delighted with the performance as well. Going forwards now, going to big clubs like that, we know that sometimes you can’t be all gung-ho, we’ve got to have options as well and I thought the lads did that well against Derby.
“They knew when to press, and noticed situations where they couldn’t quite commit one hundred per-cent, but they still managed to work hard for each other. When we did get the ball, we managed to create some good chances and we were unlucky to go into the break at just two goals up because Jack [Marriott]’s goal was a perfectly fine goal.
“The referee chopped it off and after watching it back three or four times, I’m still not sure what has happened. Jayden [Stockley] has won the ball, Jack’s made a great run at the time, and manages to produce a brilliant finish. At the time, it would have made it 3-0, which would have made it easier at half-time, but the lads did well in the second half to get the result.”
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