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Sykes: We need to get that first clean sheet

Stanley’s centre-back looks ahead to this weekend’s trip to face Fleetwood

23 August 2019

Accrington Stanley centre-back Ross Sykes was understandably frustrated with the way in which Tuesday’s game with Shrewsbury Town was lost, but that the focus straight after was fully on getting a clean sheet and hopefully the first win of the season in this weekend’s game with Fleetwood Town.

Stanley played excellently for the majority of Tuesday’s game, and Sykes admitted that without a few individual mistakes then we would have got the vital clean sheet and subsequently the first win of the season.

“We played well for the second half and we played the ball out well, but obviously there were a few mistakes from the lads and we’ve got to pick ourselves up for Saturday.

“We’ve got to go and get the first win on the board and get the three points.

“Well go there to try and get the win.”

In Stanley’s last away game Sykes was unfortunate to concede a freak own goal but the defender says that moments like that happen in football and it’s more important that you forget about it as soon as it has happened.

“Straightaway I just forget about it, you can’t dwell on things like that and you’ve got to move on during the game.

“Then after the game you’ve got to pick yourself up and go again.”

Sykes has played every game so far this season and he highlights that manager John Coleman looks after the squad very well and that he ensures the recovery is done correctly after every game.

“You’ve got to do your recovery well and the gaffer looks after us well here.

“In terms of training and the recovery with Ryan (Roberts) after training on a Monday and a Thursday.

“Then you’ve got to get yourself right for the game whether it be on a Tuesday or a Saturday.”

Despite results not improving, Sykes believes that the performances are getting better with every game and hopefully the new pitch at the Wham Stadium will allow himself and the rest of the squad to play the style of football that they want to.

“Since the Lincoln game, we’ve improved every game in every way and we need to get that first clean sheet on the board and when that comes, hopefully we’ll get the first win of the season.”

“You can get the ball out from the back, get it down and play on it and compared to last season, it’s miles better.”


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