Nolan reflects on perfect away day

Jon Nolan says he is feeling ‘100% again’ after recovering from a calf injury that saw him sidelined from March until late August.

Since returning in Town’s 3-0 win over Shrewsbury six weeks ago, the Blues midfielder has been involved in every game for the Club, including starting in three of the last four fixtures.

The former Shrewsbury man put in another fine display at Fleetwood on Saturday and when reflecting after the match he thought it was a hard fought three points gained by Town.

“It was hard fought and we knew it was going to be a physical game because they throw the ball forward,” Nolan said.

“It’s always windy up here. They throw the ball forward but I thought we were comfortable and it was probably a perfect away performance apart from the missed penalty.

“We were comfortable throughout the game. Not for one minute did I think ‘We’re under pressure here, we’re going to concede’ and I knew we’d always get a chance with the firepower we’ve got and we put that chance away. A solid away performance.

“I thought we passed it around well at times but, and I think I said after the MK Dons game, it’s not going to be like that for 90 minutes, especially in this league, you’re going to have to fight, you’re going to have to battle and I thought the lads were different class today.”

Nolan thought he should have been awarded a penalty midway through the second half: “I ran about 80 yards and didn’t expect the ball to come there, so it was a bit of a strange one,” he said.

“If he didn’t slide tackle I would have just tapped it in. The ref wasn’t the greatest today but never mind, we’ve got the three points.

With the likes of Will Keane, Toto Nsiala, Janoi Donacien, Jordan Roberts and Myles Kenlock not even in the eighteen man squad at Fleetwood Nolan believes Town have the strongest squad in the league.

“I’ve got no problem in saying we have the strongest squad in the league,” said Nolan. “Even those who aren’t getting in the 18 would do a job in nearly every other team in the league.

“Whoever’s called upon puts a shift in and we’re top of the league, so it’s showing.

“We have no given right to be walking into games and winning them, we have to work our socks off to get those points but we feel very comfortable and that’s the word.”

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