Fleetwood Town defensive trio earn head coach's praise for Peterborough United display

Simon Grayson believes Fleetwood Town’s battling display against Peterborough United was another step forward in the careers of his three young central defenders.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 4:45 pm

Although Jonson Clarke-Harris won Friday’s game for Posh with a late free-kick, Town had kept the 28-goal forward and fellow dangerman Sammie Szmodics quiet for the majority of the Highbury contest.

That was a tribute to Fleetwood’s 23-year-old captain Callum Connolly and his fellow centre-backs, academy graduates James Hill (19) and Harrison Holgate (20).

Head coach Grayson said: “When you play three at the back, you can have different types of defenders in there.

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Fleetwood Town defender James Hill impressed again on Friday Picture: Greig Bertram/PRiME Media Images Limited

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“We had three lads who really wanted to defend, put their bodies on the line and ultimately can play out from the back when the opportunity comes along.

“The lads in front of them gave them protection, the wing-backs as well, but when they had to defend and were challenged around the box in one v one situations, they did everything they needed to.

“So I’m pleased for them because they are learning and developing in every game and in every training session they are involved in.”

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