Fylde Head Coach Warren Spragg was interviewed by the Blackpool Gazette‘s Andy Moore in mid-week. We reproduce his comments, courtesy of the Gazette. 

On the Coventry defeat: 

They built pressure and by the time we had 13 men against the top of the league the game got away from us and we accept that.  

But it was a really good performance for 60 minutes and we really surprised them with how well we played. I can understand the players’ heads going down in the last 10 minutes but we can take a lot of heart from the performance.  

When you concede a lot of penalties close to your line you will concede yellow cards. That’s inevitable when you are not able to relieve the pressure for six or seven minutes.  

Behaviour of Coventry officials: The same thing happened when they were at Fylde. You have to be humble and respect the game because we are under the microscope. There are clear directives that you can have four in the technical area and they should not encroach beyond it. You have to be away from the pitchside but their director of rugby was walking up and down the touchline and that’s not supposed to happen. 

Must-win game v Hull Ionians: We still have to play the four teams above us at home. Hull is the first of those and to give ourselves any chance we have to win. We have prioritised this game and everything is focused on Saturday.  We will give it everything and if we do manage to win we will close the gap.  

Changes to backs: “Dolly did well at nine. His kicking was quite smart and I was pleased with his distribution. I was happy to have James Bailey back on the wing and he looked our most dangerous runner. He goes well on a muddy pitch, which maybe doesn’t suit Tom Carletonj so well. 

Greg Nicholls could come back into contention but we have to look at the best combinations and what sort of a kicking game we will need on the day.  

Chris Briers is available and I’m looking to get him in. He will be a big boost and otherwise the squad will be the same as last week. We are not far from a fully fit squad and that means we will have good competition for places.  

Crowds: The crowds have dropped off, which hasn’t been good but doesn’t surprise you when you are losing games. 

We have the former players’ reunion lunch on Saturday, which will boost the crowd, but hopefully the public will get a feeling of how much we need to win this game and will get behind us