Paterson on song for Town debut

Martin Paterson
Martin Paterson

Martin Paterson has revealed how he serenaded his new team-mates with a Robbie Williams hit and tried to convince them the superstar singer was a close friend.

Paterson, who made his Fleetwood Town debut in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Yeovil, was made to go through the same initiation as anyone else who joins the Highbury club.

And he was only to keen to oblige.

“They’re a great bunch,” said the 27-year-old striker.

“I had to sing, do all sorts of things to integrate with the group.

“I’m a Stoke lad, so it had to be Robbie Williams’ Angels.

“I think I did well. I told the lads he’s a personal friend but he isn’t. It was a lie. I don’t know him.”

“But sometimes you’ve got to do things like that.

“They’ve been great with me, really welcomed me in.

“At the weekend we got three points, so that really helped.”

The former Burnley hitman didn’t find the target on Saturday but insists goals will come – hopefully starting on Saturday, when Town host mid-table Walsall, looking to extend a nine-month unbeaten stint at home.

“If I’m honest, nothing really dropped for me at the weekend,” added Paterson.

“I didn’t get a clear cut chance.

But I’m sure I’ll get one soon and when I do I’m sure I’ll get my goals.

“But what’s most important for me is that if I’m running round, I’m working hard and I’ll be doing OK.

“I just want to help the lads and get some games.

“I’m just delighted to get the minutes.

“I’m a 27-year-old young man and I just want to play football.”

The striker made it clear the home fans can expect just as much work from him this weekend as those who travelled to Somerset saw on his debut.

He told The Gazette: “I like to think I’m one of those forwards who contributes home and away. I’m hard working.

“But more importantly, the team worked hard the team worked hard on Saturday and we dug in at times.

“They were a good team but we got a set-piece and executed it well.

“Jeff Hughes got a great header and we stopped the rot.”

Paterson, like his team-mate Stephen Jordan, played with Fleetwood boss Alexander at Turf Moor.

And he sees no change in the dedicated former defender, with whom he played in the top flight.

“He’s the same, “ said Paterson. “The way he is now is just like he was as a player.

“He expects from you what he did himself. There’s no difference in him.”

And there was credit too for Jordan, another of Burnley’s 2009 promotion squad, now playing at centre-half for Fleetwood

Paterson said: “I thought first half Yeovil shaded it.

“Second half, for 15 minutes or so we really got to them. It didn’t look like they could get out and it looked only a matter of time.

“We dug in and got a set play.

“The back four need to take credit too.

“I know Stevie Jordan from Burnley and I thought he was exceptional, so was the skipper.

“They were superb for us at the weekend, absolutely crucial.”

Town’s Conor McLaughlin was a winner last night - scooping the League Two Player of the Year prize at the North West Football Awards.