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Ben Whiteman braced for busy month in Championship for Preston

“You want to go into the international break in a good position and the fixtures do come thick and fast and it’s mainly about recovery and focusing on the next game more than getting out on the training pitch.

“It is a relentless pace, I don’t think I’ve experienced as many games in a short period of time but like I said you’ve got to do things properly, recover properly and focus on the next game.”

After beating Coventry City at the end of August, North End became only the third English side

Appleton not worried about back to back defeats

The Seasiders lost two games on the bounce at the hands of Rotherham and Millwall before the international break.

However, this doesn’t appear to bother Appleton who has seen some really good moments so far this season.

“We’re going to have back-to-back defeats throughout the season and that’s going to happen to the best teams,” he said.

“There’s been spells over the last two seasons where teams have gone on poor runs, but they’ve been able to cope with that and deal with that and be strong.

Appleton has belief in his Blackpool team ahead of tough run of fixtures

Norwich are unbeaten in seven matches and sit second behind Sheffield United who currently top the Championship table. Sunderland and Watford have both looked promising and have showcased themselves as early playoff candidates.

“I appreciate that we’re certainly coming up against four very strong football clubs in terms of fan base, infrastructure, size of their stadium as well as the quality they show on the pitch.

“That just means they’re different challenges and different reasons to be mind

Blackpool boss Appleton delighted to be back at Bloomfield Road

After a two-week international break where Charlie Patino, Theo Corbeanu and Shayne Lavery were all called up to represent their nations, the Seasiders are back in action against Dean Smith’s side. Blackpool haven’t had the best of luck at home so far this season with just the one win on their own turf, but Appleton insists his side are up to the task.

“We’ve had a couple of narrow defeats at home in the first 10 games, but I thought we were ridiculously unfortunate against Swansea where I thou

'It's a big game': Why Clarets boss Vincent Kompany is wary of Steve Bruce's West Brom

The Clarets will be looking to make it four wins in five matches and capitalise on West Brom’s recent winless run when the sides meet at the Hawthorns on Friday night.

However, with Steve Bruce’s men among the early-season favourites to be in the mix for promotion, Kompany knows that it won’t be an easy night at the office.

“I don’t think it’s really clear yet who’s going to be at the top and who’s going to be at the bottom, that’s how close it is.

“But you can see that West Brom and Norwich

Jay Rod dreams of firing Clarets back to Premier League as he returns to West Brom

Rodriguez has had a flying start to the new campaign, scoring three goals and assisting another in just five appearances.

He’s certainly enjoying life under Vincent Kompany with the new-look Clarets looking to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

“Since day one it’s been a big learning curve for myself, and I’ve taken a lot of information on and it’s been really good.

“I think from the start, especially with new players coming in, I think the atmosphere has continued to get b

Fleetwood Town boss ready for 'big occasion' as Derby County visit

This will be the first time the two teams have met following the Rams’ relegation into League One from the Championship at the end of last season.

After a solid start to life in the third tier under Liam Rosenior, Derby come head-to-head with a Fleetwood side full of confidence and Brown believes his players can rise to the occasion.

“You need to try and silence that crowd,” he said.

“They’re going to bring a huge support here, but the lads want to play in these games and these big occasions

Fleetwood Town's defensive efforts please Highbury head coach

Last season, the Cod Army shipped 82 League One goals – eight of which came within their first five games.

Town have shown a significant improvement so far this season, conceding only four in as many league matches and keeping two clean sheets along the way.

“It’s hopefully paid off. We need to make sure that we continue doing that because the lads have been brilliant, even the ones that have come in.”

However, the midfielder was forced off the field midway through the first half with an inju

Fleetwood Town boss expects a tough afternoon's work at Morecambe

Town beat Wigan Athletic 1-0, while Morecambe defeated Stoke City 5-3 on penalties after a goalless draw – despite going down to 10 men when Jensen Weir was sent off in the second half.

“They got a good result during the week against Stoke. We’ve played Stoke (in pre-season) and we know what a quality team they are, so we’re looking forward to it.

“They’ve chopped and changed with a few formations but, for us, it’s always about us.

“It’s about how we prepare, how we turn up on the day and we

Fleetwood Town defender feeling confident going into Morecambe trip

After losing at Port Vale on the opening day, Town responded with a 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle and a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup.

“We’re going into it full of confidence. It’ll be a tough game, it’s obviously a derby, they’ll be right up for it and we need to match their energy at the bare minimum.”

Last season, Fleetwood struggled to stay in League One but survived on goal difference: two points behind Morecambe.

Andrew added: “Not a single person in the building wan

Fleetwood Town head coach has made a quick impact at Highbury

Andrew said: “Losing (the opening game) 2-1 wasn’t a nice feeling but we’ve bounced back now with two games and two wins, so we just keep looking forward.

“From day one we’ve worked tirelessly on the training ground, getting things exactly right and how we want to play, and. fortunately, in the last two games it paid off.”

Before last weekend, Town had been without a home victory since their 1-0 win over Rotherham United on January 15.

They only won one of the 21 league games after that last

Scott Brown: Fleetwood Town's 'fantastic' Carabao Cup tie with Everton

Town booked their place at that stage after a 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic at Highbury on Tuesday.

Everton made the journey to Highbury in the same competition two years ago, winning 5-2 in the third round.

Richarlison (2), Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Moise Kean scored for a strong Everton team, while Mark Duffy and Callum Camps netted for the Cod Army.

Asked for his thoughts on the match, due to be played in the week commencing August 22, Town’s head coach said: “It’ll be fantastic, it’s great

Fleetwood Town boss praises Morecambe striker as Cod Army front man heads to Port Vale

It was reported that the Cod Army had submitted an offer for the front man, who netted 26 times in all competitions last season.

Town could have space for a new striker in their ranks following Ellis Harrison’s move to Port Vale on Thursday afternoon, while Promise Omochere is absent with a fractured eye socket.

Brown said: “I think it wouldn’t be great if I started talking about somebody else’s player, especially when we’re playing them on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t want to disrespect the player

Fleetwood Town striker wants to take his chance

He said: “The first time I saw the training ground and the facilities they had, that attracted me straight away.

“I was speaking to a few of the lads before I made the decision.

“They seemed very friendly and welcoming, and told me I’d fit in here and that I’d do well, so it just felt like the right move at the right time.”

“A lot of the lads I was playing with all moved to England, to Premier League clubs or Championship clubs, when they were younger and they got scholarships here but I’ve n

Fleetwood Town boss ready for 'huge' game at Port Vale

The Cod Army have had a strong build-up to the new campaign, having won their last three warm-up fixtures against Barrow AFC, Dundee United and FC Halifax Town.

Attention now turns to Saturday’s match against a Vale side who won promotion last season, with Town looking to improve upon 20th position last time out.

Brown said: “We’ve had a couple of good wins in pre-season and it’s key to start winning games but, at the end of the day, the league is the most important thing for myself and for th

Fleetwood Town boss sees plus points in Dundee United victory

After former Cod Charlie Mulgrew had cancelled out Dan Batty’s opener, there was late drama when Josh Vela scored the winning goal with just two minutes left on the clock at Highbury.

Brown said: “Dundee United are a massive club. They finished fourth (in the Scottish Premiership) last season and are in Europe this season, so it shows the quality we’ve got.

“They’ve been showing their quality today and there were some great moments in the game.

“I thought we were assured behind the ball, when

Fleetwood Town post pre-season win against Dundee United

Batty opened the scoring just before the break when his first-time strike flew into the bottom corner.

Charlie Mulgrew poked home from close range on his return to Highbury to level before Josh Vela scored the winner in the dying stages.

Dundee United had a bright start and created the first chance inside the opening couple of minutes.

Steven Fletcher picked up the ball just inside the area but dragged his shot wide of Jay Lynch’s goal.

Fleetwood responded after that early scare as a Danny A

Fleetwood Town vs Doncaster Rovers: Cod Army face Donny in relegation fight

Fleetwood Town extended their winless run to 13 games when they conceded late against Wycombe on Tuesday night.

They’ll be looking to avoid more heartbreak when they face relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

Despite a positive performance at Adams Park, Chairboys full back Jason McCarthy popped up with a 94th minute goal to send Town back to the Fylde Coast empty handed.

Despite defeat, the Cod Army remain 19th in the table with other results in the league going in their favour.
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