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Lawal: My first career goal was an absolute swinger

27 October 2023


Lawal: My first career goal was an absolute swinger

27 October 2023

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Defender Bosun Lawal spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon and recapped his view on scoing against Reading before previewing Town’s trip to face Barnsley at the weekend.

Lawal has had a brilliant month so far as not only did he score his first professional goal from 25 yards against Reading on Tuesday, but he also helped the Republic of Ireland Under-21s earn all three points in their Euro 2025 Qualifier against Latvia over in Jelgava.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, Bosun had this to say to the press:

On scoring and his relationships with the squad…

“It was my first career goal; I didn’t know much about it as it was just an absolute swinger! The ball came back to me, and I just said why not, I swung at it with my weak foot, and it ended up where it ended up, in the bottom corner, it was just a hit and hope really!

“Every game, we are forming and building relationships with each other. Where I’m playing at the moment, you need to form those relationships with the winger and the centre-half, it’s different but everyone gets on well in the team, so it makes things a lot easier.

“Looking at the way we train every day, and seeing the quality in the changing room, is too much for the position we are in the table so we know what we need to do to get out of it and, hopefully, we can keep this momentum going into Saturday against Barnsley and then onto Wednesday against Blackpool.”

On him improving as a player at Fleetwood…

“From my first game against Derby [County], I feel like I’ve come on leaps and bounds and have learned a lot about myself in that time. I’ve had to learn a lot about the league and how to get through games, so I do think I’ve developed while being here at Fleetwood.

“Coming into this club, I always thought the one thing I had to improve on was my concentration but, over the last 10 games or so, I feel like that’s come along very well and I’m able to go through games not making sloppy mistakes. Those will still happen, but I think I can avoid them better now than I did at the start of the season.

“These improvements have come down to what’s at stake; we are playing at a high level and know we are down at the bottom end of the table so we all know we need to pick ourselves up and limit the number of mistakes in games as they don’t seem to go in our favour – we need to cut them out altogether if we can.”

On being able to play in multiple positions…

“That’s the reason why I came here, to play regular first-team football at a very good level, whilst also learning more about myself because that is happening every time I play. Whether I’m playing left-back or right-back, I didn’t know much about that but it’s all about building up my game and taking different attributes from each position and putting them all together.

“Throughout my career, I’ve played in different positions. I’ve been centre-midfield, out wide at one stage, and have played across the back line. I wouldn’t say moving positions is out of my comfort zone, I enjoy playing out of position as you just get to experience something different, and I know I can bring something different wherever I play.

“It’s a strength to do this as I’m not too fussed about where I play, it’s wherever the gaffer puts me and as long as he trusts me to play there, that’s all that matters to me. I probably prefer playing at centre-back, but I’ll play anywhere in the team as I’m happy as long as I’m getting play time and the team is doing well."

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