A second clean sheet in the Football League would do Town skipper Steve McNulty just nicely tonight, and if it can be accompanied by a goal of two at the other end the centre-half will be delighted
McNulty couldn’t hide his pride after leading the Cod Army out for his and their League debut on Saturday.
And although Town couldn’t find their way past a stubborn Torquay rearguard at Highbury, they were good value for their goalless draw and for McNulty the whole occasion was unforgettable.
He said: “It was my first match in the League, so it was a huge honour. I was so proud. It’s been a real slog – nine years I’ve been waiting for that chance.
“I’ve been at Vauxhall Motors and Barrow but this is where you want to be,” added the 28-year-old who is relishing his fourth season with the club
McNulty insisted there was no pressure for Fleetwood to follow in the footsteps of Crawley Town and Stevenage Borough, who won promotion from League Two at the first attempt the season after being crowned Conference champions.
He added: “This a club which is going places, there’s no doubt about that.
“The chairman has made sure there has been solid investment but there’s no target.
“This season is about consolidating as a Football League club because the last thing we want is to go back down.”
Going down is something tonight’s opponents Bradford have become familiar with since last gracing the Premier League 11 years ago.
Town are relishing tonight’s first away match, including midfielder Jamie McGuire, who said: “It will be fantastic because Bradford always get big crowds and it will be something new for us. But hopefully we can get a result.”
McGuire insists Town won’t change their attacking attitude on the road.
He added: “We want to play football, to get the ball down and move it about. That’s our philosophy.”