New dad Scott Davies has revealed the secret of Fleetwood Town’s clean sheet at Burton Albion – a good night’s sleep at his grandma’s.
The Cod Army keeper, beaten only once in Town’s three League Two fixtures to date, became a father for the first time in July, when he raced home from pre-season training for the birth of baby boy Sonny.
But, as much as he’s enjoying life as a dad, the 25-year-old admits home hasn’t been the place to be the night before a game
Davies said: “I’ve had to get out of there. The night before every game I’ve been sleeping at my grandma’s. Sonny’s got a good set of lungs on him!”
Davies believes his new paternal responsibilities are helping him in Fleetwood’s debut Football League campaign.
He said: “Being a dad has been great for me and for my football. It’s given me something else to focus on – football and my family, that’s what’s important.”
Three games in and Fleetwood’s no.1 has already noticed a big difference in the quality of opposition, and the work he has to do.
“The difference between the Conference and League Two is that you go to places like Burton and every man has to do a job and grind out results,” he said. “We managed to do that on Saturday.
“You know there are no easy games. Away from home I think you have to fight to earn the right to win. I think we did that on Saturday.”
Davies was a busy man at the Pirelli Stadium, pulling off a number of crucial saves when the games was goalless, and late on as the Brewers pushed for an equaliser.
He said: “There were plenty of saves to make in the first half but that’s my job.
“We tightened it up after half-time and the back four were outstanding, especially the centre-halves (Steve McNulty and Youl Mawene).
“They put their bodies on the line, especially when they were tired towards the end, and I thought we did the job and deserved that first victory.
“We switched off a few times in the first couple of games, but to a man I think everyone was outstanding on Saturday.
Fleetwood’s first League victory, secured thanks to a Dean Howell free-kick two minutes after the break, was a great source of pride for the keeper, who grew up in Thornton and attended Cardinal Allen school, little more than a mile from Highbury.
He said: “Being from the place, it’s great to have won the title and now to have that first League victory. I’m very proud. We’ve got that monkey off our back now. It’s great and hopefully we can kick on at home to Aldershot on Saturday.”