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Charlie Adam previews Good Friday's match against Cheltenham

27 March 2024


Charlie Adam previews Good Friday's match against Cheltenham

27 March 2024

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Fleetwood Town head coach Charlie Adam spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Good Friday's Sky Bet League One clash against Cheltenham Town.

Supporters can now watch the full interview live on iFollow.

On how he has been able to change Fleetwood's recent fortunes…

“I think we’ve organised the players, and we’ve done that with the staff as well. We’ve been really aggressive in terms of how we’re compact, the shape, and the shape has been great and we feel that we’ve got players at the top end of the pitch who can win you games.

"Not everything goes your way when you keep clean sheets, but then you’re hoping the players at the top end of the pitch can nick a goal. We’ve been creating chances in every game, so the draws are just part of the journey that we’re on and ultimately we need to win three matches from now until the end of the season and that's a good challenge, a positive challenge."

On any fear within the players…

“There’s no fear here, it’s three points on the line. I said that to them as they walked through the door on my firt day, we’re playing for three points lads and nothing else.

"The fear is losing a game, but there's no fear for us. I just keep saying to them go and play the best you can, and if you've got the confidence to do that and you stick to the beliefs we have as a group it give us a great chance of winning football matches.

"That's what you have to do but what we’ll have to be on Friday is very aggressive in the press, be on the front foot and we’ll have to win the second balls. They’re a team that if you don’t focus on them they can cause you problems.”

On Cheltenham and the remaining home games...

“They’re a good team. They've got good players and a good manager who has done very well at this level so I expect a tough game, I expect a challenge and I expect them to be aggressive in what they want to do.

"We know they'll want to play in behind, they'll put balls in the box and we will have to defend well and make first contact, second contacts, and if we do that well we have a chance of winning the game.

“I look at them as the next game, I don't see home games, away games, I just see the next game. I believe we can beat any team in the league on our day if we apply what we can do. We know we can cause problems away from home and I think each individual game we can win, it doesn't matter if we’re playing Peterborough or we’re playing Blackpool in a few weeks, Im confident that my team can go wherever we are and win the game.

"A lot of things have to fall right for us but I just focus on the next match, which is Cheltenham and we’re going to need the supporters to come make a noise. They must trust what we’re doing and they've seen us home and away fighting for the cause and we need the support on Friday.

"We need the support Monday as well and I want to try and make Friday an atmosphere that is going to be something we can all enjoy together and will give us a better chance of winning the football match”

On the importance of staying up for the fans…

“It would be a massive achievement in what we are trying to do. We were 12 points behind at one stage and  we’ve managed to close that gap, but I keep saying if we focus on the next game, the supporters are key, I think they are enjoying coming to watch us.

"We’ve not had the wins we deserved, but they know were fighting until the last minute from the goals we’ve scored, so we’re going to need them again on Friday. I want them to come, enjoy it on a Bank Holiday weekend, come and bring a noise and an atmosphere that the players can relish in, and allow them to give it a go from the first minute until the last. If we do that, we’re together, we should be able to win the match.”

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