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Way: To a man, every player stood up to their task

3 October 2023


Way: To a man, every player stood up to their task

3 October 2023

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Assistant manager Darren Way spoke to the media after Fleetwood Town managed to beat Cheltenham Town away from home on Tuesday evening.

A goal on either side of the half, netted by Junior Quitirna and Jack Marriott, was enough to earn the Cods’ second consecutive win and lift them out of the relegation zone after picking up seven points from the last three games.

After the game, Darren had this to say in his interview:

On the game and the clean sheet…

“From start to finish, we were well organised, and the lads have implemented what we have been asking. When you look at the run we’ve had, we’ve had four games and picked up seven points which is a good mentality shift within the group – we’re still a work in progress.

“They’ve got a new manager which could have changed their mindset, we were unsure what their shape was going to be but, to a man, every player stood up to their task. Some of the players have played Saturday-Tuesday and it’s been great from everyone involved.

“Real energy, real desire, and real commitment to win football matches and we’ve got two wins and two clean sheets now. That’s important for the amount of energy shown as it’s do or die defending as the players are throwing their bodies at the ball – we are pleased with that.”

On the attacking performances…

“Junior [Quitirna] is a special talent; he’s got that bit of individual brilliance that he’s brought to the team. His goal against Burton was fantastic and well-taken, and so was his one tonight so he’s only going to go from strength to strength.

“Jack [Marriott]’s got a huge amount of belief and you’ve got to credit his supply, I think we probably could have scored three or four more goals if we were a little bit more clinical but, we’ve been really pleased the players have shown a willingness to learn the new philosophy.

“The manager wants his team to be on the front foot, playing forward balls and making forward runs, and that created goals today as well as Jack Marriott’s one from Saturday, which he finished really well.”

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