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Earl: We need to make sure we go there with the right attitude

17 March 2023

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Fleetwood Town defender Josh Earl sat down with BBC Radio Lancashire on Thursday afternoon to discuss this weekend's match away at Derby County.

Earl - who joined Town in the summer - has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal which was in the 3-0 home win over Lancashire rivals, Accrington Stanley.

After returning to action following 3-4 weeks out due to injury, the 24-year-old has played in the last six matches, and knows the group are capable of picking up a result this weekend at Pride Park.

Here's what the young defender had to say...

“I think as a group that top half has to be a must as we have ten games left.

“We had a good run recently with performances and with results, but we do need to get back to keeping clean sheets and again, picking up as many points as we can in the final ten games of the season.

“We don’t want to let the season fizzle out too early. We knew as a group that we were better than the bottom four as we’ve put in some really good performance throughout the year.

“There’s been games where we’ve played well and not got anything from those, and that’s our own downfall. We’ve grown as a team over the season, and we just know our capabilities and it’s important we push on and get as many points as we can.

“We’ve had players come down from Scotland and from all over and it has taken us a while to knit together but the lads have been brilliant, the staff have been brilliant with the players and as I said before, we need to make sure we don’t let it fizzle out.”

On Derby County...

“Derby County was one of the games we looked out for at the start of the season. We are looking forward to it as it’s a big stadium and they get big crowds so that’s good. They are a good side, who are currently sat 5th in the league table and are looking to cement a play-off place themselves.

“They need to make sure they are in there and we are going there on Saturday to take three points off them. It’s going to be a tough ask, but I believe we are more than capable of doing just that.

“We’ve taken points off the bigger teams so to speak, so I don’t see why we can’t do that away at Derby County this weekend.

“The lads picked up a point away at Plymouth, that showed we are a good side, and our position doesn’t’ show how good of a team we are and that is our own fault for letting points slip in matches.

“Derby are high up the league and if we can beat them, it will give us a massive boost of confidence going into the final nine matches after that.

“Saturday is going to be a tough game, and we need to make sure we go there with the right attitude and right frame of mind to get the points."

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