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Robinson looks for the double over Fleetwood in Lancashire derby

16 December 2021


Robinson looks for the double over Fleetwood in Lancashire derby

16 December 2021

The Shrimps boss is hopeful his side can claim bragging rights over rivals Fleetwood Town for the second time this season.

The Cod Army travel to the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 18 December following last month’s meeting that saw Cole Stockton win the game in the 94th minute with an incredible strike from the half-way line.

Following two successive league games on the road, at Sunderland and Portsmouth respectively, the gaffer is hoping the Shrimps can get back to winning ways, starting at home against Stephen Crainey’s men.

“We’re playing the teams in and around us which gives us the chance to claw back some points [and] climb up the table,” he said.

“We always knew these were going to be the big games that, not make or break you, but have a real determination in where you are at the end of the season.

“We’ve played two very hard away games in Pompey and Sunderland, but we’re not being judged on them, I judge myself and judge the players, but overall, as a whole season, we won’t be judged on that.

“These are the games where we have to pick up points, and it’s a big game starting with Fleetwood on Saturday.”

Despite Fleetwood’s form turning around since the appointment of Crainey as caretaker manager, Robinson says his side can take confidence from their performance in the reverse fixture back in November.

The boss added: “We’ve shown we can beat them; we’ve shown we were very comfortable against them at times.

“They haven’t changed loads, we look at their style of play, it’s very, very similar to the previous manager, the same team as the previous manager, so there’s not going to be any surprises.

“[They’ve] had two very good results and a nice style of football as well, so we know what to expect, but we’re at home, we’ll try and take the game to them, we’ll come and press them, and try to stamp our authority on the game.”

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