Mawene: We need to stay humble

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DEFENDER Youl Mawene says it’s important to stay humble despite Fleetwood Town’s flying start to Football League life.

Town are sitting third in League Two, in the automatic promotion places, but centre-half Mawene knows it’s going to be a long journey to the finish line.

The experienced Frenchman has only missed one game so far this season, the 5-2 defeat by fellow pace-setters Port Vale, and was in top form on Tuesday night as the Cod Army recorded their third away victory of the season at York City.

Mawene said: “It’s happy days at the minute – everything seems to work for us at the moment. It’s nice to be where we are but I’m not taking anything for granted.

“We’ve got to remain really humble and just appreciate every three points we pick up, then move on to the next game.

“It’s not the time to get carried away because it’s a long, long season.

“So we’ll just think about the next game and try to correct the things we know we’ve done wrong in the last one, and hopefully things will keep going right.”

Town kept their sixth clean sheet of the season at Bootham Crescent – weathering an early onslaught from the Minstermen.

Mawene added: “It was a tough place to go. I don’t fancy many teams to go there and taking three points, so I’m delighted we managed to keep a clean sheet.

“We didn’t really start well. We were expecting a tough start, and in the first 10 or 15 minutes we had to hold ont.

“We were a bit deep and could have played a bit higher up.

“In the end we rode the storm and luckily we had the quality, with a great strike from Junior (Brown), to get us those three points.”

Mawene, a summer addition to Micky Mellon’s squad, is one of two new faces in Town’s regular back-four who are gelling well as a unit.

Mawene said: “We’ve hammered it on the training ground in pre-season and in the early part of the season, and there are still a few things we could strengthen. But we’re looking like a solid group and everyone is fighting for each other.

“The fact Alan Goodall was able to come in when Dean Howell picked up his injury and put in a performance like that shows the quality we have.

“Sometimes you turn up on a Thursday and you really don’t know who’s going to be in the starting 11 because that’s how close it is. It’s good for the club.”