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Pressley: There are improvements we must make as a team

31 October 2015

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's netted the winner in the first half

Steven Pressley felt this afternoon’s defeat to the Spireites was a setback in their quest to register back to back victories.

Town headed into the clash against Dean Saunders’ side with confidence having beaten Barnsley last week, however slipped to defeat at Highbury.

Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored the only goal of the game in the first half, and the Cod Army must now respond as they turn their attentions to the FA Cup next weekend.

Pressley said: “During the opening 20 minutes of the game I thought we applied ourselves very well with the balance between our immediate press and low press.

“After that we were a little bit passive for the last 25 minutes of the first half. We never got in contact with them and never showed the intensity of the work I want to see.

“They had a period where they controlled the game, but in the second half I thought we dominated it and had them pushed onto the back foot.

“We have to score at home, there’s no doubt about that. These are areas and improvements we must make as a team.

“In reflection this is a game we should never have lost over the course of the 90 minutes. It’s a game we have lost though and that can’t happen again.

“We have to make our moments count. We’re obviously trying to move forward but by doing that we have to bring a consistency.

“I’ve said that to the players and looking at the stats to the season we’ve only won back to back games on one occasion, and that’s not good enough.

“This was a really good opportunity to change that and get some momentum. It would have found us out of the bottom four and we’ve passed up on that.

“We had a lot of pressure in the second half and played with lots of intensity. We forced them back but probably on the whole didn’t create enough clear cut chances.”



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