Proctor ready to strike up partnership

Jamie Proctor
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Jamie Proctor is ready to seize the moment and strike up a partnership with Matty Hughes in a new-look Fleetwood front line.

The pair started together for the first time in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

And although neither found the net, they looked a natural partnership and, just maybe, the answer to Graham Alexander’s attacking problems.

Town have been plagued with problems up front.

David Ball (broken leg) and Jamille Matt (cruciate) are both sidelined long term, while Martin Paterson (hamstring) had his loan spell from Huddersfield Town cut short and Stephen Dobbie missed the start of the campaign and now finds himself struggling for form.

Proctor said: “We’ve been a bit unlucky; well, very unlucky with how things have gone this season.

“Bally’s injured, Jamma, Dobbs was injured, I’ve been suspended, Pato came in and has gone back. We’ve not been lucky at all.

“But it’s down to someone to get in there and put their name forward to be in there every week.

“I want to do that. I want it to be me and I really want to take this chance.”

Saturday marked the first start in a month for Proctor, who has been suspended since being sent off in the FA Cup first round defeat at Cambridge.

He admits it’s been hard staying sharp during and enforced absence.

“It’s been very frustrating,” he admitted. “It’s been for or five weeks since I last kicked a ball.

“For the last couple of weeks I haven’t trained and then I woke up on Saturday not feeling too great.

“I just had to get myself together and get ready for the game because I’d waited a long time for it.”

And the 22-year-old believes credit for his ability to get through 90 minutes against the Blades should go to Fleetwood’s busy back-room team.

“It’s difficult because games are different to training,” he said.

“I’ve been doing my bit, trying to keep up with things, trying to stay sharp and the staff have been great help with that.

“They’ve been doing extra, trying to keep me at the levels I need to be.

“But there’s no substitute for the real thing. You can’t just be ready for a game.

“It was tough but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t wait for more.”

Now Proctor is hoping he’s done enough and can enjoy an extended run, along with new partner Hughes –recalled from Chester for Saturday’s game.

Proctor said: “I could have scored. I had a couple of chances flashed across goal.”

“The lads put in a lot of crosses for me to attack. Both me and Matty Hughes have been loving that.

“It would have been nice to get a goal but the result is what really matters.”

Proctor was clearly impressed with the 22-year-old Hughes, who he thinks could be a clever partner up front.

“He showed when he went out on loan that he can score goals. He shows it in training too,” said Proctor.

“I thought he was terrific and the ones he missed didn’t quite sit up right.

“He’ll get more chances and he’ll take them. “You could say it’s the perfect partnership – the big and little combination people talk about.

“He has obviously got different qualities to the ones I have.

“We complement each other and we can work off each other.”