STEVE McNULTY says Fleetwood Town have already proved they can no longer be intimidated.
Grimsby and Darlington have both adopted a robust and muscular approach in Town’s opening two Blue Square Bet Premier matches and the captain is satisfied that his team has stood up to the rough stuff without taking a backward step.
Centre-half McNulty admits that hasn’t always been the case, saying: “We have struggled a bit against the more physical sides, but we showed on Saturday that we can play that way too and we can match them.
“On Tuesday, Darlington came with a gameplan and are decent side, so maybe 0-0 was a fair result.”
McNulty was named man of the match against the Quakers as Town recorded back-to-back clean sheets and the skipper added: “I’m pleased for Scotty (keeper Davies) more than anything. He’s always on about his clean sheet bonus.
“But we are defending well from the front as a team, so it’s not just the back four.”
The Liverpudlian admits this was far from the complete performance, however. “We were poor in the first half against Darlington, giving the ball away. They were on top but we still had the best chance of the half.
“In the second half we had four or five clear-cut chances and should have nicked one,
“But we look strong and solid, and it’s only a matter of time before chances go in.”
Town came closes to a deadlock-breaker late in the game, when Richard Brodie was denied a penalty after having his heel clipped and Scott Brown rifled a shot against underside of the bar.
Of the penalty appeal, McNulty said: “We can’t grumble. Brodie said it was stonewall but the referee won’t get every decision right and hopefully we’ll get our fair share of decisions.”
As for Brown’s chance, the midfielder said: “I thought it was in but the keeper did well and it’s just one of those days. I had a few chances I could have done a little better with, but next time I’ll turn down the pass and shoot myself.”
As for his overall verdict of his home debut, Brown added: “They came here looking to stop us playing and they did that well in the first half. They closed us down but we still had six really good chances.”
INTERVIEWS BY DAVID MITCHELL