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Brown reflects on the season and his side's point against Ipswich

7 May 2023


Brown reflects on the season and his side's point against Ipswich

7 May 2023

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media following the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, and after the 2-2 draw against promoted side Ipswich Town.

Freddie Ladapo gave the visitors an early second-half lead before Jack Marriott levelled the score seven minutes later with a poachers finish inside the six-yard box.

Marriott doubled his tally to give Town the lead with an instinctive close-range with 20 minutes to go. However, it wasn’t long before substitute Marcus Harness fired passed Lynch to ensure the points were shared on the final day of the season.

Here’s what Brown had to say:

On the game…

“I think from start to finish this season, we’ve always wanted to make our home a place that was hard to come and today it was hard to come for Ipswich. The lads gave us everything, you could see there were tired bodies at the end.

“The team is always going to progress and that’s what we believed. It’s not just all on the strikers, but Brendan [Wiredu] dropping back there as well.

“The midfield understanding how we want to play but also the willingness to be there week in and week out and Lewis [Warrington] and Vela have pretty much been there week in and week out this season, so their work rate has been exceptional.”

On the youth…

“It was good to see the youngsters come on the park as well. It’s a huge thing for this football club, we need to make sure we’re bringing the youngsters in and giving them that opportunity but also show them the level that the first-team lads expect because you can’t bring youngsters in if they’re not good enough.

“Today we showed that the ones that played managed to compete. We were very small at the end but even when corners and crosses were in the box, they put their heads and bodies on the line for us. That’s the least we expect but it’s that quality going forward as well.

“We saw Junior [Quitirna] and Whitey [Kyle White] come on as well with some lovely touches and that’s what we want from the youngsters.”

On the progress within his first year as a gaffer…

“It’s been a good learning curve for me and Steven [Whittaker] coming here because we got thrown in the deep end; we’ve coached before but to be in charge of this football club is special for myself and Steven as well because it’s our first step in the ladder and we want to progress as high up this league as we possibly can and for us both.

“The chairman has got that ambition; we’ve got that ambition and desire and I hope the lads have got that ambition and desire which they’ve shown this season that they have but it’s those consistency levels now. We need to be more ruthless; we need to understand how we want to play consistently.”

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