Fleetwood Town midfielder takes positives from Peterborough United defeat

Dan Batty believes Fleetwood Town’s display against high-flying Peterborough United yesterday bodes well for a promotion challenge next season.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 8:00 am

Town had plenty of chances against second-placed Posh but paid for not converting them as Jonson Clarke-Harris won it for the visitors with an 89th-minute free-kick.

Midfielder Batty, a January deadline signing who agreed a new two-year deal this week, could not celebrate his contract with a victory but felt Town could take plenty of positives from their performance.

He said: “I thought we had some great chances to go and win the game ourselves. It’s just unfortunate the way it ended.

Fleetwood Town midfielder Dan Batty Picture: PRiME Media Images Limited

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“They scored from a free-kick and it was too late for us to get back into the game. I believe we had the better chances.

“We had two or three, and on a different day, I think we’d have scored. I think we were unlucky not to get the win.”

Batty has featured in all 13 games since Simon Grayson took charge and is pleased with the progress Fleetwood are making.

He added: “We’ve had some great results recently and are just getting together as a group.

“I think we are becoming a really solid unit and it was always going to be difficult for them to break us down. That’s the same for any club that comes here now.”

That progress makes the Yorkshireman pleased to have committed to the cause for the next two campaigns.

“I’m delighted to be here, and it’s nice to be recognised for the effort and to be given a new contract quite quickly,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so it was a no-brainer really.

“We all know what’s expected of each other and you know what you are going to get every game, so that’s a good thing. I think we have a good chance for next season.”

Chairman Andy Pilley’s pledge to add some experience to Town’s promising crop of youngsters also impressed Batty.

The former Hull City player added: “It’s good to have the kids coming through and trying to break in but you definitely need experience, which really does help the team out day to day on the training ground.”

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