St Ledger Looks For Lions Improvement

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Interim manager Sean St Ledger is looking for an improvement from his side as AFC Fylde come to Nethermoor on Tuesday with kick-off at 7:45pm. 

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It is the second time we have faced the Coasters in just over a month after they won 2-1 at Mill Farm on 13th January thanks to a late strike from their all time top goalscorer Danny Rowe.

The Lions are looking to end a seven game losing streak against a side who last visited Nethermoor in a Vanarama Conference North Play-Off Semi-Final in 2015.

AFC Fylde have been on an excellent run of form until a 1-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient on Saturday with their last loss before that coming on Boxing Day at Prenton Park against Tranmere Rovers.

That stretch of fixtures includes a 6-0 thrashing of league leaders Macclesfield Town and a 5-2 win over Tranmere at Mill Farm.

Colin Robertson spoke to Sean St Ledger after Saturday’s defeat and asked the interim manager how the last week had gone.

“It has been a new experience and something I have enjoyed. The challenge excited me but obviously it is all about winning and losing on a Saturday. The joy and excitement that you feel before the game turns to frustration and sadness after when you get a defeat at home” said Sean.

“Speaking as a player as well in the games I have played in we have not kept a clean sheet yet, we scored a goal from open play but keep conceding goals, there are a lot of things to work on.”

When asked about whether he considered fielding himself the former Republic of Ireland international said “I thought that I wanted to do one of the jobs well, as the manager it is a new experience to me. I thought I needed to put all my energy into being the manager rather than being on the field.”

St Ledger does not want to look too far into the future with his new role “It is something that the owner and the chairman have asked me to do, I will do it as a day to day or game by game basis. They have asked me to step in and I will do that until further notice.”

Ahead of our midweek game he said “We do have another game on Tuesday so we can’t be too disappointed, there is another one around the corner, it is another chance to pick up three points. I have said to the lads you have to stay positive, there’s 13 games left, it has to happen sooner rather than later.”

Tom Feaheny also spoke to Saturday’s man of the match and goal scorer Dayle Southwell “We came out and started off well but defensively it seems to be the same thing. We keep leaking goals and that needs to change quick.”

“I thought we started off brightly, we created chances and that was the positive going forward.”

Talking about his goal the striker said “Will (Hatfield) played it around the corner and I found myself in the a bit of space and just put it through the keepers legs. It was nice to get in those areas and take the chance.”

When asked about whether the Lions could mount a survival fight the former Wycombe man said “We have the players to get out of this, we need confidence, belief and time to play together but we haven’t got time on our side at the minute, so we need to get the boys to learn quickly and start playing a lot better.”

Asked about his time so far at Nethermoor Dayle stated “It has been an enjoyable first few weeks on the training field, the lads have been really good and I have enjoyed it.”

Southwell is looking forward to a quick return to action “When you lose a game you want to put it right as soon as possible, having a game on Tuesday means there’s no better way to do that. We are looking forward to it and putting this to bed and getting a win behind us.”

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