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Pressley proud of mentality and character of his squad

23 April 2016

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Cod Army drew 0-0 with local rivals Blackpool this afternoon

Steven Pressley was proud of his squad’s mentality and character as they played out a goalless draw against rivals Blackpool at Highbury this afternoon.

The game was limited to very few clear cut chances, with Jimmy Ryan’s second half effort which hit the bar being the Cod Army’s best.

With Shrewsbury beating Gillingham 3-2 at the Priestfield Stadium, the result meant Pressley’s men slipped a place to 20th position.

Reflecting on the encounter, the Scotsman said: “We started the game really well and for the opening 30 minutes thought we were very good. We lost our way a little bit after that then.

“I didn’t think it was a great game of football to be perfectly honest. It was a game where there was a lot of anxiety and a lot of pressure on the players.

“In terms of the way we played it wasn’t our best performance. I also thought the effects of returning home at 5am on Wednesday morning took its toll in the second half.

“I will say though that my players showed a mentality and a character when they were tired, and got what could prove to be an important point.

“The one thing that can’t be associated with us is a lack of energy. We did start with that today but thought we tired and looked leggy as the game went on.

“There’s no doubt that we wanted to finish the game off today and really put distance between ourselves and Blackpool.”

Pressley thanked the Cod Army for their support this afternoon, and is now hoping to see them again for our final two league games against Walsall and Crewe Alexandra.

He added: “The Club has come such a long way and there’s been really investment here. We’ve got a terrific stadium and a brilliant training base.

“We should be exceptionally proud of that and our great support today. That’s why it’s vital we remain in this division because if we do I feel we can really build.”

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