Ryan ready to keep up Fleetwood supply line

Jimmy Ryan
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Jimmy Ryan has pledged to do his best to keep up the service and help Fleetwood Town find goals.

Town struggled to find the net last campaign and their start to the new one – scoring once in 180 minutes of league and cup football – has prompted fears the same could be the case this term.

Ryan, who joined Town from Chesterfield in the summer, knows it’s not just down to Fleetwood’s strikeforce to turn around the situation.

“I don’t know what went on last season,” the 26-year-old said. “But the lads are working hard every day.

“They’ve had chances. Dec (Declan McManus) scored a great goal on Saturday. It’s only been two games, to be fair.

“We’ve just got to be patient, get to Saturday, create a few chances and put a few away.”

Town have twice hit the woodwork, through McManus and Bobby Grant.

But Ryan admitted Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat against Hartlepool had been tough going.

He said: “They got a lot of men behind the ball and were difficult to break down.

“To be fair, we created chances – we just didn’t take them.”

And he made it clear Fleetwood’s creative midfielders had as much responsibility as anybody else to help the team hit the target.

He said: “If we’re not doing our job the strikers have nothing to feed off.

“If we’re putting the ball in and the strikers miss, then maybe we’ve got an arguament.

“We’re all aiming for the same thing – we all want goals, we all want wins and we’re fighting for that win on Saturday.”

An opening day draw with Southend was far from a disaster. But Ryan knows the importance of a confidence-building win.

He’s hoping Town can make up for the late leveller from the Shrimpers when they travel to Boundary Park tomorrow.

Ryan said: “We’d have liked the three points on Saturday, especially having been leading 1-0 for so long in the game.

“It wasn’t a lucky goal for them but it felt lucky the way the ball fell for him.”

One thing which could help Town in their hunt for goals is the relationship between Ryan and fellow summer signing Bobby Grant.

The pair played together at Accrington and, Ryan hopes, could quickly rekindle a good understanding.

“Bobby Grant came in about the same time I did,” added Ryan.

“I know him from Accrington and Scunthorpe. It’s helped me settle in.

“We’ve known each other for near enough 10 years.

“We know what we’re both good at and hopefully we can make good use of that.”