Matty on a goal mission to book his Wembley return

Matty Blair
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Matty Blair is targeting a goal glut on the road to Wembley after sealing a first leg lead for Fleetwood Town in the League Two play-offs.

The winger found the net against former club York at Bootham Crescent on Monday night.

His low-key celebrations showed the respect the 23-year-old has for the Minstermen, but Blair admitted he’d wanted to go wild in front of the travelling Fleetwood fans after scoring the goal which gave Town a 1-0 ‘half-time’ lead in the two-leg semi-final.

“It was a muted one,” he admitted. “I’ve got huge respect for York City but I’m a Fleetwood Town player and I want to get them all the way.

“I kept it as respectful as I could but I did want to go mad.

“It’s business and I want to score as many as I can.

“It’s two goals in two games (Blair opened the scoring in the 2-1 defeat at champions Chesterfield on the final day of the regular season). Why not make it three in three or four in four?”

But was it fate that Blair should strike such an important blow at his old stamping ground? The wide man isn’t sure. He said: “Was it written in the stars?

“Well, I listened to the Tinie Tempah song on the way here but that’s probably about it.

“It’s just one of those at the back post. Lanre Oyebanjo made a brilliant block, the ball bounced back to me and I tapped it round him.

“I’ll take it and I’ll score again in the second leg on Friday hopefully.”

Town are now just 90 minutes away from a play-off final date against either Southend or Burton – the Brewers are one goal up after their home leg.

Town’s preparation time for the second leg has been cut by 48 hours thanks to the postponement of Saturday’s original Bootham Crescent clash.

But Blair insists it’s something Fleetwood can handle.

He said: “It’s no different to playing Tuesday, Saturday. We’ll get ourselves rested up and go at it for Friday.

“The gaffer will have his plan and we’ve got to make sure we make it work.”

Blair is now hoping Town can hold out and show the same battling attributes to earn him a third trip to Wembley in as many seasons.

Speaking about the Bootham Crescent clash, he said: “We kept a solid shape. They had a couple of chances but we had a couple more.

“The back four were as good as they have ever been. Chris Maxwell was solid in goal too.

“It was just a good all-round defensive performance and we should have had a couple more goals to take back into Friday’s game.

“We deserved to win it. 1-0 probably doesn’t reflect the game but we’ll take it and go again.”

Town might have come away in a stronger position had they taken their chances, Iain Hume missing a glorious opening late on.

But Blair added: “I Never blame anybody for missing chances.

“I had one, David Ball had one and Iain Hume had one at the end.

“We’ll take a good result, work on it, prepare for Friday’s game and get the job done.”