Fleetwood defender Joe Davis is determined to keep his place in the starting line-up for Saturday’s return to League One action against Walsall after helping Town to keep a clean sheet at Shrewsbury last weekend.
Ash Eastham had broken his jaw in Town’s previous clash with the Shrews a fortnight ago, resulting in Davis coming in from the cold for the 2-2 draw at Wimbledon – his first League start since March.
And the 23-year-old kept his place alongside captain Nathan Pond and Cian Bolger in Town’s back three for Saturday’s goalless FA Cup second-round tie at Greenhous Meadow.
Davis is happy to be back in contention, having previously played only in Checkatrade Trophy games this season, and the defender hopes he has done enough to stay in Uwe Rosler’s side as Fleetwood seek a sixth successive Highbury win this weekend against the Saddlers.
Davis said of his long spell on the sidelines: “It wasn’t nice being in that position but it is something that I have had to deal with.
“It was just nice to come back into the team and continue the form I had last season.”
Davis made 25 appearances last term after joining the club from Leicester City in October 2015 on a loan deal which became permanent during the January window.
And he may well get another game under his belt next Tuesday, when Town replay against Shrewsbury at Highbury for the right to visit Championship side Bristol City in the third round next month.
Davis added: “It was nice to get back on the pitch and to get a clean sheet as well is what we strive for, so long may that continue and hopefully I can stay in the team.
“It was a scrappy game at Shrewsbury but that was something we probably expected.
“Having beaten them 3-0 just a week or so before, we knew they would come out of the traps and want to get a bit of revenge on us.
“It was a tough game but we are happy to have gone away and stayed in the competition.
“That was obviously the aim and now we’ll give it another go back at our place.
“Preferably, we’d have got the job done on Saturday but the main thing is that we’re still in the competition.”
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