Bell gives Town ringing endorsement

Amari'i Bell
Amari'i Bell

Amari’i Bell insists he’s hungry to learn and make himself a better player for Fleetwood Town.

The 21-year-old arrived from Birmingham City in the summer short of Football League experience.

He spent spells on loan at Swindon and Gillingham last season but is getting his first real taste of first-team football at Highbury.

Bell is among the untested young hopefuls flung into action at Fleetwood– the team’s inexperience showing in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Doncaster.

But Bell is far from downbeat, turning the Keepmoat disappointment into a learning experience.

“I’m enjoying it here,” he said. “I feel like with each game I’m gaining confidence and I think I’ve shown that.

“My final ball wasn’t right on Saturday, but once I get that right I think I’ll be a lot better.

“I’m still young and there’s still a lot to learn. I’ve got to keep my head down, listen to the staff and put in the work. We can’t let this result get us down.

“We need to get our heads down in training and concentrate on the next games. We want to take points from our home games.”

Town were undone by two first half goals, with James Coppinger involved in both. The old campaigner headed home the first and robbed Danny Andrew to set up the second.

But Bell believes there was plenty to encourage Fleetwood, even if they made some naive errors.

He said:”We showed in the second half that we can play, and have the ability to do well.

“We just need to eliminate the sloppy mistakes, particularly those that led to the goals. If we can do that, we can do well.

“I think it was a game we lost, not one they won. We outplayed them and, apart from their goals, I don’t think they were really threatening. It’s a game that we threw away.”

Bell was one of the first recruits in Graham Alexander’s youth revolution at Highbury as Town strove to observe Financial Fair Play regulations and set up a production line of talent at their new Poolfoot Farm training ground.

That hasn’t only meant a new intake of players – there’s a new system and attacking philosophy on the field.

And Bell accepts it’s a lot to take in. He added: “It’s exciting to be part of the change here.

“I played wing-back for a lot of last season for a couple of teams, so it’s a system I’m used to, but I know a lot of the other lads aren’t.

“It’s a new formation for us all and it’s not an easy one, so we’ve got to keep listening, keep learning, keep working and it will be good.”

The Burton-born 21-year-old isn’t fazed by the workload, aying Fleetwood is a great place for an ambitious young player in search of game-time to be.

“We are a very good side. We like to play and we can do well in the League,” he said.

“It’s a very good place to be a young player. The manager and staff believe in us and that gives us confidence.

“Playing week in, week out gives you an understanding of the League, of what you need to do, where you need to be better. You develop faster.”

The development of players like Bell will be key to Fleetwood’s success.

The former St Andrew’s man has already shown what he’s capable of by setting up two of Town’s four goals against Colchester United last time out at Highbury.

And he wants to get back to that kind of performance.

Bell said: “From a personal performance viewpoint, it’s got to be my final balls that I work on.

“At Doncaster, I wanted to keep doing what I’d done at Highbury, but I was trying to clip it over when I should have fired it.

“I’ll learn from that and we’ll go again.”