Young defender Tyler Forbes insists there will be no nerves as Fleetwood Town run out at Wigan’s DW Stadium tomorrow.
The former Preston teenager has made his mark in Graham Alexander’s side this season, scoring his first League One goal and nailing down a regular start on the right.
And he insists Town, having already braved the likes of Bramall Lane (and come out victorious), have nothing to fear at the home of the former Premier League Latics.
“It’s going to be a massive game for us but we just have to take it like any other, try to get the three points,” Forbes told The Gazette. “We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re going. We’ve dealt with it before and there will be no fears.
“We know what’s coming. We just go there to play football. It’s 11 against 11 and we’re going to get the win.”
Fleetwood have made a steady start to the campaign, back-to-back home draws against Rochdale and Bradford keeping the points tally ticking over.
Forbes believes those results could easily have been better, but insisted spirits hadn’t taken a knock.
“We’ve only lost a couple so far, Oldham and Doncaster,” he said. “But we’ve played well in all the games.
“We picked up draws in the last two but I think we were unlucky not to get the win.
“If you play well and you think you deserved it, it almost feels like you’ve been beaten.
“We’re aware of how well we’re playing at the end of the day and we know it’s points on the table.
“You can look at it as two games without a win, but the main thing is that we’ve played well, not lost and got those points on the board. Now we’re just looking forward to tomorrow.”
At 19, Forbes is one of the youngest players in an extremely young side.
The starting 11 last Saturday featured nobody over the age of 26, but Forbes insists young players must still battle to feature in the side.
He told The Gazette: “It’s great to hear the manager giving young players like myself, Nick Haughton, Ash Hunter, Akil Wright, Max Cartwright the chance to prove ourselves and hopefully we can keep our place in the team or force our way in.
“We’ve got a good squad, so the manager can change the team at any time.
“If you’re not doing what he expects, then that will happen. You’ve just got to keep doing your best and fight to stay in the team.”
Despite the constant pressure, Forbes is enjoying life as a wingback in Alexander’s revamped side. “It’s a great set-up, with the gaffer playing young lads like myself. I’m still playing as a full-back – it’s just a slightly different role.
“The gaffer wants me to get forward, get back and just do a job for the team. I’ll do that as long as he wants me to.”