AFC Fylde’s Luke Burke has made no bones about the club’s current run, and has stressed the importance that he and his teammates pay to the scrap they’re in.

Tuesday’s defeat to a struggling Chesterfield was a poor one from the Coasters perspective, and has left them languishing in the relegation zone.

“It was a shock, definitely,” he said, talking ahead of this weekend’s game.

“The first half I was just waiting for us to score, I felt we were comfortable in the game, that they weren’t going to hurt us – but then obviously that changed in the second half.”

“People keep saying it needs to change, but we need to go out and do it and make a stand and be horrible to play against, grind out results, and build from there.”

After back-to-back wins that seemed to have been Fylde turning a corner, four succesive defeats has the club in real need of a win.

“It’s been hard, as this club isn’t used to losing, and it’s been coming every week,” said Burke.

“We know we need to sort it out and kickstart it, but I’ve said it, and the manager has hit the nail on the head, we need to realise the position that we are in.”

“That’s not to say we forget about playoff hopes and getting back up there, but short term we need to get ourselves out of this scrap, and then we can start thinking about playoffs.”

With 16 games now played, the tomorrow’s clash against a Sutton United side is a massive game, and one both sides will be desperate to win.

“A point isn’t going to be great,” said Burke. “It’s almost like a six pointer, we need to push on and get away from them, not the other way around.

“We want to be the ones getting chased, not doing the chasing in this league.”

Read the full interview in tomorrow’s matchday programme, with Luke Burke as this week’s cover star – on sale from around the ground for just £3.

AFC Fylde host Sutton United at Mill Farm tomorrow, with a 3pm kick-off.

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