Ryan: Fleetwood will win relegation fight

Jimmy Ryan in action against Wigan
Jimmy Ryan in action against Wigan
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Jimmy Ryan believes Fleetwood Town will win their battle against relegation despite falling back into the danger zone after Monday’s home defeat by Wigan.

Midfielder Ryan, who made the League One play-offs last season with Chesterfield, says Town can haul themselves up the table if they can cut out costly mistakes.

“You have to believe,” he told The Gazette. “There’s nobody we should be fearing. It’s just little incidents – a loss of concentration, moments when we just seem to slip up.

“But there are a lot of points to play for and we will get out of the situation we are in. Things will turn for us.”

Defensive errors again left Fleetwood exposed as Wigan scored two late goals to seal a 3-1 victory at Highbury.

Town have also been guilty inside the opposition box, throwing away points at Shrewsbury and Crewe by missing chances.

Ryan added: “That’s how it is when you’re at the bottom. We’re not losing many but we’re not winning them.

“Against a side with big players like Wigan, we can’t afford to give them a leg-up but we’ve given them three.

“They’ve not done enough to win the game but not enough to score three.”

Ryan knows Town have been found wanting at both ends but insists this must not lead to a loss of belief.

“Confidence is massive in football,” he said. “Maybe fans don’t realise how big is it.

“Football is won in both boxes. In the end, we haven’t done enough in both.”

Town’s defeat to Wigan proved his point about confidence.

At 1-1 the hosts looked like they might pull off a shock comeback, Ash Hunter forcing a superb save from Jussi Jaaskelainen, but they appeared to lose belief after Wigan’s second goal.

Ryan said: “Once we got the goal back, I thought we were the only team who would go on to win it. There was a feeling in the ground that we were pushing on.

“To concede the second the way we did was disappointing and the third one was flattering to them.

“I don’t think they offered much in the second half once we got going.

“It was all us, but they’ve had two chances and they went in.

“We can’t let that hurt us. We’ve got a lot of games left, a lot of points to play for, and we’ve got to keep going and get out of the trouble we are in.”

Town have a chance to bounce straight back on Saturday when Bury visit Highbury for the first game of 2016.

It’s the first of seven in a manic January which could define Fleetwood’s season, with survival and a Wembley final still to play for.

Ryan said: “It always is a busy time, with games called off and rescheduled.

“We’ve done well in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – that’s two extra games.

“We’ve just got to keep looking at the next game, try to get three points and go on from there.”