Bolger: We can’t take Cobblers for granted

Fleetwood Town's Cian Bolger celebrates scoring for Town
Fleetwood Town's Cian Bolger celebrates scoring for Town

Fleetwood defender Cian Bolger is confident Town can keep their unbeaten run going at home to Northampton on Saturday but insists they will not underestimate the Cobblers.

Bolger’s 61st-minute header at stadium:mk clinched a 1-0 win last weekend, Town’s 16th game without defeat in League One.

Now Uwe Rosler’s fourth-placed side prepare to take on Justin Edinburgh’s Northampton, who are 15th but drew 2-2 with promotion- chasing Southend last time out, and Bogler says Town will not take anything for granted.

He said: “Of course we have to be confident. They are a good team and have struggled of late, but we have to pay them respect when they come to our place.”

Asked what was the key to Town’s run, Bolger pointed to a combination of factors.

He said: “The staff and the head coach, who sets us up in a way that is hard to beat, and we also have a good, honest group of lads and a great dressing room. Everyone wants to work hard for each other and I think that goes a long way.

“I think it is an accumulation of everything the manager and staff are drilling into us every week and all the lads buying into it.”

Bolger picked up the fans’ player of the month award for January and was also nominated for the EFL’s player of the month gong.

He missed out to Bury forward James Vaughan, while Rosler picked up the manager of the month award.

Rosler said his award was for the whole team and Bolger also stressed that the team mentality is key at the club.

He added: “It is always nice to get recognition but, like the manager said on his award, it is about the team. As long as we can keep on picking up results as a team, we are not a group to single out any individuals. We stay as a group.”

The 24-year-old was not involved in Town’s 1-1 draw in the resverse fixture at Northampton on the opening day. Having joined the club from Southend in the summer, he had to bide his time until the end of October before making his league debut in the win over Gillingham.

But after another man-of-the-match performance against the Dons, Bolger is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.

The Irishman said: “I’m back playing and I’m enjoying my football.

“You enjoy it a lot more when you are in the team, but even when I was not playing I was enjoying it because we have a great dressing room.”