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Johnson: I'm delighted to get the first win of the season

30 September 2023

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Johnson: I'm delighted to get the first win of the season

30 September 2023

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Manager Lee Johnson spoke to the press after Fleetwood's first win and clean sheet of the season at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.

The game was a game of two halves with the visitors dominating the first period, however, Johnson's team shifted through the gears in the second period and also got the goal through Jack Marriott which was the difference on the afternoon.

Town's run of bad results has now come to a halt thanks to Marriott's first goal of the season, where the defence also did what they could to keep the visitors at bay.

Here's what he had to say...

On the match itself...

"First and foremost, I'm delighted to get the first win of the season, for myself and then for the players and the staff, if I'm being honest, I think we were really poor in the opening 20 minutes we were too passive.

We had a fantastic week of training, the Wednesday was one of the best sessions I have seen in my managerial career, we didn't start with any of the enthusiasm or creativity that we knew we could do.

"We had to change the shape a little bit and get a few more bodies around Jack Marriott, I then thought Josh Vela set the tone and we started to get closer to them and then we were the better side 30 minutes on, the players stayed solid and stayed organised, all the work we have done in the week on the training ground is bearing fruit so it's nice to see."

On the team as a unit...

"I can't remember many big saves or chances that Lynch has had to make a decent save for, so I have no what-ifs about our defending side at all, I think Ben Heneghan has been fantastic for us and he's offered us some organisation at the back where it’s also great to have Josh Earl back because he's a big player, a top player at this level.

"All these moments like the players coming back from injury offer positive results just like today - you have to blend football teams, partnerships are really important, you could be old and have a mobility history but if you have someone young beside you it's a decent balance.

"Today we had some big players in the team, some left footers, sharp players and then we all know we are nowhere near finished, we're miles off where we can be, and we should see that really exciting moving forward because that is a positive for us."

On being clinical...

"They delivered some dangerous crosses and were dangerous in the wide areas but we managed to get our foot on it and protected our areas, we also countered well, there were two or three big opportunities as they threw caution to the wind on the counter-attack where the lads could definitely have finished them off because then I could have enjoyed that final ten minutes more than I did.

"They had some half chances today, once we started pressing and we got to the front foot that's when our qualities come out because there are some quality players in our dressing room."


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