Ryan ready to back up with more dazzle in defence

Ryan Cresswell
Ryan Cresswell
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Defender Ryan Cresswell is urging his Fleetwood team-mates to pick up where they left off last Saturday when Newport County visit Highbury this weekend.

Town put up the shutters against York City at the weekend – a superb defensive display keeping the Minstermen and League Two hotshot Ryan Jarvis at bay.

Yorkshireman Cresswell knows Saturday’s top-seven clash will not be easy, but with a similarly professional display he believes Fleetwood can continue their promotion challenge.

“They are all tough games,” he said. “But we’re the home team and we’ll be looking to put on a good show and take the three points as we did at York.

“We’ve got to take what we’ve learned from Saturday’s performance into this weekend.”

And Cresswell believes County may come to Highbury looking to play football rather than defend and grab a goal, something which could play into Fleetwood’s hands.

“We know what Newport are like,” he said. “They will come and play some expansive football.

“It will be easy on the eye and a good one for the fans. But we want to make sure we do everything we can to keep up the form at the back from York. We want the three points.”

The win at Bootham Crescent, put into context by York’s 4-1 win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, was a welcome return to winning ways for Town and a welcome return to the side for centre-half Cresswell.

He said: “Saturday was a fantastic result and it got us back to where we belong, winning football matches. It’s good to get back in the team and keep a clean sheet, and we looked very strong.

“We were well organised at the back and we kept them quiet. They had very few chances but I don’t think they really had a shot, which is always a pleasure for us.

“It’s nice to see a striker like Ryan Jarvis, who is on form, come off and be substituted.

And the former Southend and Rotherham defender believes Fleetwood have found their way back to building success on solid foundations.

He said: “I think in the approach to the game and the performance on Saturday we were very solid. We kept their shots on target to a real minimum. I can’t remember Scott Davies being tested.

“We were nice and narrow against York when they attacked. We were hard to beat – that’s what you need to be in this league.”

And Cresswell, who wore the captain’s armband at Bootham Crescent, believes it’s not just the back four who play their part in keeping chances for the opposition down.

He believes, with Steven Schumacher and Stewart Murdoch in Town’s midfield, there’s plenty of support across the pitch.

“It boils down to the organisation,” he said. “We’ve got good understanding down the spine of the team and on Saturday everything seemed to click into place.”