Fleetwood Town boss Simon Grayson believes midfielder Jay Matete was the best player on the field in Tuesday’s defeat by Burton Albion and is only just starting to fulfil his potential. Town struggled to trouble the Brewers’ defence during the 1-0 defeat but their head coach felt Matete was one player who could make something happen.
Simon Grayson would not use the blustery Highbury wind as an excuse for Fleetwood's 1-0 home defeat to Burton Albion on a night Town did not ask enough questions of the visitors' defence. Grayson praised Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's Brewers, who sealed victory when Tom O'Connor's corner caught the wind and flew into the roof of the net 10 minutes before half-time, but Town's head coach admitted the quality of his side's final ball was lacking.
Simon Grayson is pleased with what he has seen from Conor McLaughlin since the defender’s return to Fleetwood Town. McLaughlin’s arrival was officially announced a fortnight ago but he had been at the club prior to that, training and awaiting confirmation from the EFL that he could be added to Town’s squad.
Simon Grayson is targeting Fleetwood Town’s first back-to-back league victories of the season when they welcome Burton Albion to Highbury tonight. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Brewers are in mixed form but stand eighth in the table, having beaten Morecambe 3-2 on Saturday. Town go into the game after an impressive 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra and will be looking to generate some winning momentum.
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Crewe Alexandra are at home to Sunderland in League One Crewe Alex boss Dave Artell expects to learn plenty from his team as he demands a reaction from Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood. The Alex are second from bottom after they were beaten by Simon Grayson’s sixth-from-bottom outfit - far from ideal preparation for Tuesday's meeting at home to a fourth-placed Sunderland side who could make a strong case for being the biggest club in the division.
Fleetwood Town boss Simon Grayson was delighted his players reacted to a pep talk as they got back to winning ways in style with a 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. After four league games without a win, the most recent being their 2-1 loss to Charlton Athletic, goals from Callum Johnson, Danny Andrew and Ged Garner did the damage at Highbury.
Fleetwood Town have found out their FA Cup first round opponents following the draw this afternoon. Simon Grayson’s players host fellow League One club Burton Albion in one of 40 ties being played next month. The two clubs will know each other well by that point given they meet each other in the league on Tuesday night.
Simon Grayson felt Fleetwood were much improved in every department as his side thumped Crewe 3-0. Callum Johnson finally broke the deadlock after an hour with a header at a set-piece and, after Danny Andrew – who could have been sent off for his part in an ugly melee – crashed in a free-kick, Ged Garner’s tap-in completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Simon Grayson wants his Fleetwood players to use the early part of this season as a learning experience. Town have struggled to find wins on a consistent basis so far but their head coach has not been disappointed with the levels of performance. The Cod Army welcome Crewe Alexandra to Highbury this afternoon, looking to put the defeat by Charlton Athletic in their last League One game behind them.
Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says he has fond memories of his short loan spell with Leeds United. The Whites travel to face the Saints in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as domestic football restarts following the October international break. Leeds are looking to make it back-to-back wins after toppling Watford last time out while Ralph Hasenhüttl's men are searching for a first league victory of the new term.
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Fleetwood Town currently sit in 20th place in the League One table and are just a single point from entering the relegation places. The Cod Army, who have lost just once in their last seven games, have proven to be tough to beat this season but have not picked up the sufficient points to push themselves away from the bottom four.
Simon Grayson admits it has been a disappointing start to the season for Fleetwood Town but there are positives for him to take. Town are just a point outside the relegation zone and two above tomorrow’s struggling visitors Crewe Alexandra. The Alex have won only once all season in League One, whereas Grayson’s 20th-placed Town have been victorious on two occasions against Cheltenham Town and Rotherham United.
James Hill is not focusing on contract talks despite being in the final year of his Fleetwood Town deal. The defender has come through the ranks at Highbury and developed into one of the EFL’s brightest talents, most recently scoring for England U20s. He has established himself as a first-team player since Simon Grayson took charge at the start of this year and has many suitors from higher divisions.
Fleetwood boss Simon Grayson must decide whether to throw Conor McLaughlin straight into the fray against Crewe this weekend. The defender, who was most recently with Sunderland, re-signed for the club he left in 2017 this week after Darnell Johnson was ruled out for the season by an Achilles injury.
David Dunn is full of praise for the impact made by Paddy Lane since his breakthrough at Fleetwood Town. A Northern Ireland Under-21 debut and goal was followed by his first appearance for Town in their win at Rotherham United last month. Lane’s third outing for Simon Grayson’s side a fortnight later brought his first goal in a 2-2 draw at Cambridge United.
Simon Grayson helped deliver the stand-out game of Trevor Hemmings' ownership of Preston North End. Grayson was PNE manager when they beat Swindon Town 4-0 at Wembley in the 2015 League One play-off final. It brought about a return to the Championship for North End after four years away.
In December 2016, Preston North End went down a route that would become seemingly a seasonal thing as they raided the League of Ireland for one of its star talents in Daryl Horgan. Then owner Trevor Hemmings had always had an interest in Irish football with the likes of Alan Browne being cherry-picked to come to PNE at a young age, but Horgan, along with Dundalk team-mate Andy Boyle, were starring at a senior level.
Graham Westley may be vilified by a lot of Preston North End fans, but he did bring some talented players to the club and one of them ended up firing the Lilywhites back to the Championship. The likes of Paul Huntington and Scott Laird arrived under Westley’s management and one of his last signings was that of Joe Garner, a boyhood North End fan who joined from Watford after a loan spell at Carlisle United.