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Stockton excited to be back in competitive action

5 August 2022


Stockton excited to be back in competitive action

5 August 2022

Cole Stockton says he’s excited to be back playing competitive football again following a tough pre-season.

The 28-year-old played all 90 minutes of last Saturday’s curtain raiser against Steve Cotterill’s Shrewsbury Town.

Following a pre-season full of hard work, Stockton admits there’s nothing quite like being back.

“It’s the best feeling,” he explained.

“As any footballer [would say], pre-season is just like Groundhog Day, you’re doing it to get fit, get minutes under your belt and it’s tough.

“It’s a tough two months say, but once the season comes, you’re back in the routine and it’s like a valuable Saturday then.”

Talking about the season opening draw against The Shrews, he said: “We’ll take it to a certain extent, the first game of the season is always the same.

“It’s always a little bit nervous going into the games for both teams, we cancelled out their strengths and, personally, I thought we could’ve created more as a team, especially being at home, but that’ll come to us.

“A clean sheet, we’ll take a draw, first point on the board, that’s all that matters.”

The Shrimps haven’t faced Peterborough United since December 2007, where they triumphed with a 3-2 win over The Posh, and Stockton says his side have been working hard to try and come away with maximum points.

He continued: “It’ll be tough, it’ll be a new ground for us to go to.

“We’ll work on them, their strengths and weaknesses, play ourselves right and see where we can hurt them.

“They’ve played Championship football, so we respect them in that way, but we’re all in the same league now.

“It’s going to be a tough place to go to, but play ourselves right, you never know.”

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