Scott Brown wants Fleetwood to smarten up after Port Vale defeat

Fleetwood boss Scott Brown has urged his players to be “smarter” after his first league game at the club ended in a painful defeat at Port Vale.

By Andy Moore
Sunday, 31st July 2022, 9:21 am
Updated Sunday, 31st July 2022, 9:22 am

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The Cod Army led early on through Dan Batty’s sixth-minute effort.

But the tide was well and truly turned by half-time thanks to a quick-fire two-minute double to condemn the former Celtic skipper to defeat on the opening day of the League One campaign.

Fleetwood boss Scott Brown at Port Vale

Defender Nathan Smith levelled on the half-hour mark before centre-back partner Connor Hall gave the newly-promoted Valiants the lead.

Town struggled on the road last term and the travelling fans had hoped for a change of fortunes this time around. However, defeat at Vale Park means Fleetwood have won just one of their last 12 away league games.

“It’s a hard one to take,” reflected Brown. “Any defeat is, especially when you go 1-0 up away from home.

“We’ve got to be smarter as well because it’s two set-plays that we’ve lost within five minutes of each other.

“Momentum is key at that point. They score one and then score again.

“We’ve got to be a little bit cuter with what we do and understanding it’s not just your man you have to cover – you’ve got to be switched on as well.

"There are going to be blocks, there are going to be mis-timed headers.”

Town host Plymouth Argyle in their first home game of the season on Saturday.