Fosu focused on bouncing back for Fleetwood fans

Tariqe Fosu
Tariqe Fosu

Loan star Tariqe Fosu heaped praise of Fleetwood’s travelling support and insists Town will bounce back from their derby disappointment.

Fosu played 90 minutes, his first ever taste of derby action, as Fleetwood went down 1-0 at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Blackpool’s victory was all the more difficult to take as the hosts failed to muster a single shot on target, Nathan Pond’s own goal a disaster for the visitors.

But Town’s near 2,000 following didn’t have their spirits crushed by either defeat or the driving rain and Fosu hailed their efforts.

“The fans were fantastic,” he said. “They got behind us, even when we were a goal down.

“They kept going, kept making noise. We were unlucky not to get the win for them.

“It was quite intense – there were a lot of fouls and stuff like that – but it’s a good experience to be part of a derby game and to get the chance.”

Town are still in relegation trouble following their defeat at Blackpool.

The battle at the bottom has become crowded, with just two points now separating Fleetwood in 18th and Blackpool in 22nd, and Chesterfield and Colchester dropping like stones.

Fosu insists Fleetwood’s players and fans just have to keep the faith.

He said: “We’ve beaten top teams. We should have won the last one as well but that’s football.

“Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win. We’ve just got to keep belief. If you keep believing you can achieve.”

Town had nine shots on target and were foiled on several occasions by Pool’s loan keeper Dean Lyness, the keeper getting revenge for his Wembley howler between the posts for Burton which sealed promotion for Fleetwood 18 months ago.

Saturday’s derby proved a frustrating afternoon for 20-year-old winger Fosu but he remains positive

“Nobody likes losing,” he said. “But we had a lot of chances.

“They got a goal first half. We’ve come out second half, done really well, created a lot of chances.... it just wouldn’t go in for us.

“We’ve just got to bounce on to the next game against Morecambe a week on Tuesday (in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern semi-final). We’ve got to make sure we win that.

“We were just unlucky. We came out of our shell second half but it’s just not fallen for us.”

“We had a few chances. We just didn’t take them. We kept the pressure on Blackpool. We were all over them – it just didn’t go in.

“They sat deep and tried to stop us playing. We had a lot of possession.

“We’ve done really well to create what we’ve done. It’s just frustrating we didn’t get the win.”

Fosu’s performances with Fleetwood have certainly turned heads, the wide man nominated for the PFA’s League One player of the Month award.

“I’ve had a great start with Fleetwood,” said the on-loan Reading youngster.

“Now we’ve just got to focus on what’s coming next. We can’t dwell. I’m buzzing to be nominated but I’ve got to keep going.

“I feel welcome here. The fans are good but I know I’ve got to keep producing, keep going and help them to get back up.”

Fleetwood don’t play again until they face the League Two Shrimps at Highbury a week tonight.

Steven Pressley’s side are out of the FA Cup, having been beaten by Walsall in the first round, which means that like Blackpool they have no fixture this weekend.

The Fleetwood boss is understood to have given his players the start of the week off, reward for the efforts over the last month which have seen them claim a JPT area semi-final spot and climb out of the bottom four in the league.

Fleetwood’s players are expected to report back for duty at Poolfoot on Thursday, when they will begin preparations for next week’s tie in the JPT,

The Morecambe match is the first part of a home double-header for Fleetwood, who hosting Walsall a week on Saturday looking to exact revenge for last month’s FA Cup exit.