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Johnson: I am very grateful for the application shown by the lads

5 October 2023

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Fleetwood Town manager Lee Johnson spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of his sides home match against Wycombe Wanderers this weekend.

Johnson will be back in the dugout on Saturday after his historic ban ended after the Cheltenham game, and this will be another huge boost to the squad who have picked up seven points from their last three games, with the latest being a 2-0 away win at Cheltenham Town.

Last time at Highbury, Fleetwood beat Leyton Orient 1-0 thanks to a Jack Marriott goal midway through the second half and with momentum key in football, Johnson is hoping this side can go and put in another positive display against Matt Bloomfieid's Wycombe.

Here's what Lee had to say in his pre-match press conference:

On the feeling within the squad…

“Firstly, I am very grateful for the application shown by the lads. We watched 50+ clips this morning of the boys in the last three games and implementing what they’ve done well from what we have asked them to do.

“It comes from them [the players] as they put the shift in, but it has been good. It has been intense since I came in with the lads taking in a lot of information, and sometimes it might be information overload but if they see it come through like it has over the last few games, hopefully then we get the full buy-in.

“Momentum in football is key, with the mind being a powerful beast. Can we start believing a little bit more than what we earlier in the season? For the short term it is there, but I know how quickly things can change.

“It is my job and Darren Way’s job to keep injecting some confidence into the group depending on what is required, more so with each individual as we know everyone is different in how they take in instructions and emotions.”

On mic’ing up the players in training…

“We are reviewing training sessions twice now, which can keep you up later at night but we have started to mic up some of the lads in training and I have to say there are some interesting characters within the group.

"It’s entertaining for us coaches to watch with sound. This is just one of the many tools that we have to find the best way to drip feed the information. Clean sheets are key and I worked out that you need 19 clean sheets to get promoted, so we needed to look at that but what is great is that in the last two matches, we’ve got two clean sheets.

“I really do believe in this group of players. I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t believe this group could be successful and however good the club is, the squad are the tools that we have to get out of trouble.

“The Ben Heneghan signing was a big boost for us. Josh Earl coming back from suspension was another big boost for us and Jack Marriott – who is 3-4 weeks fitter - is a big boost and with others like Brendan Wiredu, Adam Montgomery and Shaun Rooney out training this week. With these back out there, we have a good chance of being successful.”

On Wycombe and the threats they pose…

“I expect a stern test this weekend. With Sam Vokes up front, the team play into him and with Josh Scowen in midfield, he is busy in there and they have been very successful under Gareth Ainsworth in the past but they have continued that style of play.

“We do have the right ‘clubs in the bag’ so to speak to cope with them. Our two centre-halves are very good in individual duels and are very strong in that sense. With our midfielders, they are better connected now, and the confidence is flowing.

“I think Saturday will be about us dealing with the first ball, tidying up the second ball and then showing our quality going forward.”


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