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Pressley: It was an important lesson for our young players

7 February 2016

Boss made six changes to the team that started on Thursday

Steven Pressley believed this afternoon’s stalemate against Shrewsbury Town at Highbury was a lesson for his younger players.

The Cod Army made six changes to the side that lost on penalties to Barnsley on Thursday night, with new signings Alex Kiwomya and Devante Cole handed their full home debuts.

Stephen Jordan, Tyler Forbes, David Ball and Ash Hunter were also drafted in, as Town had to deal with a number of injuries.

After the game, Pressley said: “I’m disappointed because I spoke beforehand about the need to win the game. It was there for all to see just how depleted the squad is right now.

“We’re missing a lot of players and had to accommodate that by playing the likes of Conor McLaughlin in the middle of the pitch.

“We had to make a number of changes and Stephen Jordan made his first appearance in a number of games.

“We missed four regular players today, and when you’re running with a paper thin squad it’s a big ask.

“I asked a lot from our younger players today but in reflection the one thing I must say is that they need to grow up quickly.

“They need to understand the importance of these games and the importance of small details of responsibility.

“Shrewsbury had two or three big moments that they should have capitalised on, but in terms of territorial advantage we had that but didn't create enough moments.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t win today regardless of the team we had out. It’s a lesson for our young players about the importance of football.”

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