FLEETWOOD Town have kept four clean sheets in six Football League outings, and ever-present Shaun Beeley has warned tonight’s opponents Port Vale that their defence can only get meaner.
The full-back, one of the heroes of Town’s Conference promotion campaign, has retained his starting place this season and put in a man of the match performance in Saturday’s victory over Northampton Town.
But Beeley insists the best is yet to come from Town’s back four, whose record of two goals conceded in six outings is matched only by Tranmere in the entire Football League.
Beeley said: “The defence has been brilliant. We don’t look like conceding and we look strong.
“We work at it every day with the gaffer and Steve Macauley, and we’re getting better every game.”
The 23-year-old is adjusting fast to life in the Football League and insists he feels up to the challenge.
He added: “I love it and I’m enjoying it a lot more than last year. I feel a lot fitter and sharper. I’ve been involved in some fantastic performances.”
Despite their determination to keep opponents out, Beeley and fellow full-back Dean Howell aren’t afraid to venture forward and join the attack.
Beeley joked: “Sometimes we play more like wingers and we have to pull it back a bit. The gaffer shouts at us not to gallop on quite so much.
“The Northampton game was a great chance for us both to get forward and try to influence the win.
“If you keep putting the ball into the box, like Dean and I do, you’re going to get goals.
“On another day you might get six or seven, but on Saturday we had to settle for one.”
Fleetwood suffered a frustrating afternoon until Andy Mangan’s injury-time winner, but Beeley insists the result was all that mattered.
He said: “It was well deserved. We had enough chances to win the game and in the end it was a great result.”
“You have to be a lot more patient than when you’re playing 10 men because they all sit behind the ball.”
Beeley is hoping to help keep Fleetwood’s winning run going in their second home game in four days tonight.
He said: “Port Vale is a massive game and it’s great to be involved in occasions like that. Hopefully we’ll keep churning results out.”